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Of the seven questions to the pope Francis during the flight between Santiago de Cuba and Washington five had implied the perception that he had been too lenient with the regime of the  Castro brothers and, instead, he had ignored the repression against dissidents. The responses of Pope Francis not only did not change that perception, but accentuated it. The Pope said he was unaware that there had been arrests of activists during his visit and confirmed that in his mind had never been to meet with the opposition. When he was asked if he thought Fidel Castro had regretted of the suffering of the Cuban people during his regime, he replied: "Repentance is a very intimate thing. Fidel and I did not talk about the past".


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