Was Christ a 'communist'? Castro thinks so
HAVANA (Reuters) -- Cuba's Catholic-educated President Fidel Castro, one
history's most famous communists, believes Jesus Christ shared his political
"Christ chose the fishermen, because he was a communist," Castro said in
comments carried by state media Friday, referring to Christ's choice of humble
fishermen from the Sea of Galilee to be his first disciples.
Castro, whose once-stated atheism is believed to have possibly mellowed
recent years, made the comment during a National Assembly debate on the local
His brother Raul Castro -- second-in-command in the ruling Communist Party
headed by Fidel Castro -- concurred entirely. "I think that's why they killed
Jesus, for being a communist, for doing what Fidel defined as Revolution ... that
is to say, changing the situation," he said.
Fidel Castro, 73, was educated at a Jesuit-run High School in Havana. But
his 1959 Cuban Revolution, he established a socialist and officially atheist state,
and declared himself a non-believer. Church-state ties were tense.
But in recent years, most notably during Pope John Paul II's historic visit
Cuba in 1998, Castro has avoided defining his personal view on Christianity and
preferred to insist that he respects all religions.
He has said that legendary leftist guerrilla Ernesto "Che" Guevara probably
have been "made a saint" if he had been a Catholic because he had "all the