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Castro praises pope during meeting with US university students

Cuban President Fidel Castro described Pope John Paul II as "very courageous" for criticising the Inquisition and for stating that the theory of evolution is compatible with Catholic belief about creation.

Castro also told 600 US university students and professors that he liked to read the Bible when he was a student in a Catholic high school.

Castro spent three hours last Friday talking to the group representing 269 US universities on a visit to Cuba organised by the University of Pittsburgh.

The Cuban leader also praised Pope John Paul for recognising the scientific achievements of Galileo Galilei, whose life straddled the 16th and 17th centuries.

Catholic News Service

University of Pittsburgh

13 Dec 2002