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Americas Pope schedules last-minute meeting with Fidel Castro

Pope Benedict XVI's decision to meet with the former Cuban leader angered Castro critics because, they say, it gives the Cuban government legitimacy.

Javier Galeano/AP

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro is to meet with Pope Benedict XVI today after a mass in Havana's Revolution Square. The last-minute meeting marks the end of the pope's visit to the communist island that banned religion after the 1959 Revolution.