HAVANA (CBSMiami) – Pope Francis briefly met with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Sunday morning, a Vatican spokesman confirmed.READ MORE: South Florida Family Encourages Booster Shots After Vaccinated Relative Dies Of COVID-19
The meeting lasted around 40 minutes according to Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi.
Lombardi called the mood of the meeting “intimate and familial” as the two discussed the environment and “the situation of humanity today, the great problems.”READ MORE: 'Unacceptable,' South Florida Haitian Leaders Outraged Over What Happened In Del Rio, Texas
Additionally, Pope Francis gave Castro a copy of his environmental encyclical, called Laudato Si.
Castro was also given books by Spanish Jesuit Seguando Llorente and Italian priest Alessandro Pronzato, as well as a book on humor and religion.
Francis was given a collection of interviews of Castro by the Brazilian priest Frei Betto, representing Castro’s religious insights.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 53,000 In Florida