Ricardo Alarcon, president of the National Assembly of People's Power, met with TIME correspondents last week in Havana to talk about the Pope's visit, Castro and Cuba. Excerpts: TIME: A lot of Cuban people expect that the Pope's visit will alter U.S. policy toward Cuba. You don't really think that's true, do you?
Alarcon: No. You should not expect a miracle to come from his visit. That is naive.
TIME: Would you permit a bigger role for the church in Cuban society?
Alarcon: Yes, in terms of the proper role that the church should have in a lay society. I mean...