ACI Prensa Staff, Jun 20, 2023 / 10:30 am
Pope Francis welcomed the president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, first secretary of the Communist Party who was reelected president last April 19, to the Vatican on June 20.
The courtesy visit of the Cuban president, who was accompanied by his wife, Lis Cuesta Pedraza, began at 9:50 a.m. (local time) and lasted about 40 minutes. After the meeting with the pontiff, Diaz-Canel was received by Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
The Vatican reported that during the brief conversation, the pope and Díaz-Canel spoke of the importance of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Cuba, “evoking the historic visit of St. John Paul II in 1998, of which it is the 25th anniversary.”