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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.


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