Pope prays for atheist Fidel Castro

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Pope prays for atheist Fidel Castro

The Pope says he is grieving and praying for the repose of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

Pope Francis says the death of Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro is "sad news" and that he's grieving and praying for his repose.

Francis expressed his condolences in a Spanish-language message to Fidel's brother, President Raul Castro on Saturday.

The Pope, who met Fidel Castro when he visited Cuba last year, said he had received the "sad news" and added: "I express to you my sentiments of grief."

Fidel Castro, who was a professed atheist, was baptised as a Catholic and educated in schools run by the Jesuits, the religious order of which the Pope is a member.