Pope Benedict XVI has met with Cuba's former leader, Fidel Castro, Vatican officials said Wednesday.
The pope also met with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
The pontiff celebrated Mass in Havana's Revolution Plaza on Wednesday, steering clear of political statements but saying that "Cuba and the world need change."
Earlier in his trip, the pontiff prayed for "those deprived of freedom" and told reporters that Cuba's Marxist political system "no longer corresponds to reality."
On Tuesday evening, the pope met with Cuban President Raul Castro, both privately and publicly. Raul Castro took over the reins when older brother Fidel stepped down six years ago.
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