Pope Benedict XVI urged Cubans today (March 28, 2012) to search for "authentic freedom," and wound up his trip to Cuba with a chat with the communist country's revolutionary icon Fidel Castro, according to the Reuters website.
The two octogenarians spoke for about a half-hour in the Vatican embassy, after the pope celebrated an open-air mass for a crowd estimated by the Vatican at some 300,000 people in Havana's Revolutionary Square.
Benedict -- who said last week that communism no longer works in Cuba -- pressed the government to let the Catholic Church teach religion in schools and universities.
In talks yesterday with Cuban President Raul Castro -- Fidel's younger brother -- the pope urged a greater role for the Church and asked the Cuban government to consider making Good Friday a national holiday in the communist country. Both Castro brothers were educated by Jesuits, the worldwide Catholic order.