You Should Not Expect A Miracle

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...

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