An award-winning missionary magazine

CUBA: The first church in 60 years

Funded by a parish in Florida, U.S., a new Catholic church is being built in Cuba and is the first the island nation has seen in 60 years. The new church, alongside a refurbished synagogue in Havana, shows Cuba’s progress in religious freedom.

The new church will be called the Parish of Divine Mercy of Sandino. It marks a significant step towards religious freedom and amends to the faith oppressed in previous years. “I see the stories of persecution of freedom of religion in Cuba but we now have a mixture of religions,” said José Ramón Cabañas, Cuba’s ambassador to the United States.

Religious persecution still lingers but developments in religious freedom have notably increased. This church is one of many planned to be erected in Cuba. Two other Catholic churches are currently under construction in Havana and Santiago.


Read These Next


ENVIRONMENT: Pollution Kills Nine Million People

Pollution kills at least nine million people and costs trillions of dollars every year, according to the most comprehensive global analysis to date, reported The Guardian newspaper.

UNITED NATIONS: Yazidi survivor appointed U.N. Goodwill Ambassador

Yazidi Nadia Murad (in photo) – who survived being kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery by IS (Islamic State) – was honored by the U.N. for her work to help human trafficking survivors.

MYANMAR: Pope’s visit to bring peace

While the tragic plight of the Rohingyas has grabbed the world’s attention, Myanmar’s first Cardinal has said the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to his country is aimed broadly to help bring peace and…

Share Your Thoughts


Loading Conversation

Sign up for the newsletter

Getting your own copy of "Friends of the Mission" is free. Sign up with your complete address to get one delivered right to your doorstep.

Kindly double check that the information you entered is correct and accurate. Thank you!