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Report: Vatican's No. 2 says he hopes to meet Raul Castro in 2008 visit to Cuba
The Vatican's No. 2 official said he hopes to meet with Raul Castro, Cuba's acting president, when he visits the island early next year, a report said Saturday.

The trip by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Holy See's secretary of state, will be the highest level visit by a Vatican official to Cuba during Pope Benedict XVI's tenure. It will mark the 10th anniversary of the historic pilgrimage there by the late Pope John Paul II.

"I really hope to meet Fidel Castro's brother, Raul, who runs the country today," Bertone was quoted as saying by Italian religious affairs weekly Famiglia Cristiana. The full interview will be published next month, but excerpts were released Saturday.


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