Castro statement appears in midst of health rumors
October 19, 2012, 1:54 pm TWN
HAVANA -- The first public statement in almost four months from Fidel Castro appeared in Cuba's state media on Wednesday, as rumors persist about the 86-year-old revolutionary icon's health.
Castro has not been seen in public since March 28, when Pope Benedict XVI paid a landmark visit, and briefly the following week on April 5 with Chilean student leader Camila Vallejo — both appearances more than six months ago.
Health Minister Roberto Morales read out a message from Castro on Wednesday at Havana's Institute of Medical Sciences, praising graduates for "honorable missions in far-off corners of the world in very difficult circumstances."