Pope meets Fidel Castro in Cuba

NICOLE WINFIELD PAUL HAVEN Associated Press Published:

HAVANA (AP) -- A Vatican spokesman says Pope Benedict XVI has begun his meeting with Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

The encounter follows the pontiff's unusually political speech before throngs at the capital's iconic Revolution Plaza, and just before Benedict is to board a plane for Rome.

No details were immediately available on what the two men were saying in Wednesday's meeting behind closed doors.