Pope Benedict XVI meets Fidel Castro in Havana
28 March 2012 Last updated at 20:47 BST
Pope Benedict XVI has held a 30-minute meeting with Cuba's revolutionary leader and former President, Fidel Castro.
Castro, who also met Pope John Paul II when he visited the island in 1998, had requested a few minutes with Pope Benedict.
The BBC's Sarah Rainsford reports from Havana.