During the official talks, Raul Castro and the Vatican Cardinal addressed the state of bilateral relations between Cuba, the Holy See and the Catholic Church in Cuba. They also exchanged on issues of multilateral and international interest.

Present at the talks were Cuban Vice-presidents Carlos Lage and Esteban Lazo; Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque; the head of the Communist Party Central Committee Office for Religious Affairs, Caridad Diego; deputy foreign minister Eumelio Caballero, and the Cuban ambassador to the Vatican Raul Roa Kouri.

Cardinal Bertone was accompanied by the Archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega; Apostolic Nuncio in Cuba, Monsignor Luigi Bonazzi; the Archbishop of Camaguey province and President of the Cuban Conference of Catholic Bishops, Monsignor Juan Garcia Rodriguez; the general secretary of the Cuban Conference of Catholic Bishops and Auxiliary Bishop of Havana, Monsignor Juan de Dios Hernandez; The Bishop of Holguin province and member of the standing committee of the Cuban Conference of Catholic Bishops, Monsignor Emilio Aranguren; the advisor to the Apostolic Nunciature, Monsignor Juan Marie Speich, as well as Monsignors Nicolas Henry and Lech Piechota, from the Vatican’s State Secretariat.

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