Castro to be Laid to Rest Next to Cuban Independence Hero Marti

By Sarah Marsh SANTIAGO, Cuba, Dec 4 – Fidel Castro will be laid to rest on Sunday alongside the mausoleum of Cuban independence hero Jose Marti, ensuring that the polarizing nature of Castro’s life will continue in death. Castro and his leftist revolutionaries claimed Marti’s mantle upon overthrowing a U.S.-backed regime in 1959 and later

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Reunited in Death: Fidel Castro’s Remains Rest at Che Guevara Mausoleum

By Sarah Marsh and Diego Oré SANTA CLARA, Havana, Dec 1 – One of history’s best known double acts was temporarily reunited on Wednesday, when Fidel Castro’s ashes arrived at a mausoleum housing the bones of his fellow revolutionary, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, part of a three-day cortege for the Cuban leader. Castro was cremated after

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Castro and the Catholic Church – From Persecution to Praise

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Nov 26  – Baptised as a Roman Catholic and educated by Jesuits, Fidel Castro became a persecutor of the Church after seizing power in Cuba in 1959. Nearly 40 years later, he began a rapprochement that was eventually to enable the Vatican to broker a historic resumption of ties between

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