Pope Francis and U.S. President Barack Obama, on the White House lawn, Wednesday, September 23, 2015.

Pope Francis and U.S. President Barack Obama, on the White House lawn, Wednesday, September 23, 2015.

Did Fidel Castro predict that negotiations between his Cuba and the United States would only occur when America had a black president and the world a Latin American pope?

Or, what he totally wrong, thinking that it would never happen, at least not in his lifetime?

I personally thing the latter.

It is said that Fidel Castro predicted in 1973 that the United States would have a black president and the world would have a Latin pope.

There is a meme currently circulating on Facebook quoting Castro.


The false prediction in my opinion has its origin in an article published by the Eldiariodecarlospaz.com on March 10, 2015, by Argentinian writer Pedro Jorge Solans.

Just returned from a visit to Vietnam, Castro, was asked by journalist Bryan Davis (from an English news agency), “When do you think relations between Cuba and the United States, two countries as far away despite the geographical proximity, will be restored?”

Fidel Castro stared and replied to all who were in the room: “United States will come to talk to us when they have a black president and the world has a Latin American pope.”

However, there is great skepticism that the quote is authentic, since there is no official record of this statement.

Solans appears to be reporting an amusing anecdote, not a news event.

In fact, an article published in the Havana Times in December 2014 noted that this alleged Fidel Castro quote is a common joke in Cuba:


“Washington and Havana only resume relations” the day that the US president is black and the Pope is  Argentinian” (el día en que el presidente de Estados Unidos sea negro y el papa Argentino) reads a common joke these days on the island, put into the mouth of a fictional Fidel Castro 60s and nicely summarizes the changes that have taken place in the world since then and the great political upheaval happened now.”


Clarin, Argentina’s biggest newspaper, noted in its account of the story, this fictional quotation from Fidel Castro was meant to be sarcastic (not prophetic).

According to the Clarin, Eduardo de la Torre, who currently works as a taxi driver but was a university student in 1973, explained the historic episode:

“At that time it was impossible to think that Barack Obama, a black man could become president of the world’s most powerful country. Did not seem very feasible that an Argentine was elected Pope when over the centuries most Popes were born in Italy and, more specifically, Rome.”