"I am a communist of the Cuban Communist Party," Raul Castro said Sunday. "The party never allowed the believers. Now we are allowing that believers also be part. This is an important step."
On Saturday, Fidel Castro penned an op-ed commemorating Victory Day, a celebration of the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany's surrender to the Soviet Union. In it, Castro, who ceded power to his brother in 2008, referred to Lenin as a "brilliant revolutionary strategist," lauded communism, decried capitalism and wrote that the recent cooperation between China and Russia has formed a "shield of world peace and security, so that the life of our species may be preserved."
"The 27 million Soviets who died in the Great Patriotic War also did so for humanity and the right to think and be socialists, to be Marxist-Leninists, communists, and leave the dark ages behind," Fidel Castro wrote on state-run Granma.