Havana: President Raul Castro`s government has given a green light for religious services to be held in communist Cuba`s prisons, wherever inmates request them, an Evangelical church source has said.
This past Christmas and Easter were the first time in 50 years that religious services were allowed in Cuba`s jails.
And now the government is making it a permanent shift.
"So starting this month, officially, mass and other services can be celebrated wherever inmates make a request," Miguel Hernandez of the Cuban Council of Churches said yesterday.
Hernandez said it was an important step in the rapprochement between churches and the Americas` only communist one-party government which is officially atheist.
The Roman Catholic church long has pressed for the opening, particularly after the 1998 visit to Cuba of the late pope John Paul II.