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Communist Cuba gives green light for religion in prisons

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 15:31

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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 15:31

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