29 Mar 2012

Pope criticises US trade embargo

10:01 pm on 29 March 2012

Pope Benedict has criticised the American trade embargo imposed on Cuba 50 years ago, and called for greater rights on the island.

The pope was speaking at the end of a visit to Cuba, during which he had a 30-minute meeting with the country's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

The 85-year-old former president had requested a few minutes with the 84-year-old pontiff.

Earlier, an estimated 300,000 Cubans attended an open-air mass led by the pope in Havana's Revolution Square