Fidel and Religion

Fidel Castro in Conversation with Frei Betto on Marxism and Liberation Theology

Fidel Castro and Frei Betto

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The product of an intimate 23-hour dialogue between Fidel Castro and Brazilian liberation theologist Frei Betto, this book represents an extraordinary reconciliation of revolution with religion.

As Fidel remarks "There are 10,000 times more coincidences between Christianity and communism than between Christianity and capitalism," and Frei Betto agrees, "Socialist societies that create better living conditions for the people are unconsciously carrying out what we men of faith consider God's projects in history."

Frei Betto probes Fidel Castro about his education in Catholic schools and early religious influences, thus offering the reader a unique insight into the man behind the beard.

 In his introduction to this new edition, Frei Betto explains this book-having already sold over a million copies worldwide-paved the way for Pope John Paul II's historic visit to Cuba in 1998 and the Cuban Communist Party's decision to accept as members those practicing their religious faith.

Frei Betto is a Brazilian priest, widely acclaimed for his writings on liberation theology.

This startling book is based on conversations between the Cuban leader and a Brazilian priest. The talk is informal and far-ranging, and Betto's questions are often provocative.

—Publishers Weekly

300 pages | ISBN 978-1-920888-45-9