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Anti-Christian crackdown in Cuba:

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    Feb 18, 2006
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    When Pope Francis visited Cuba in September 2015, many thought the milestone event could signal a breakthrough in the campaign to promote religious freedom in the Caribbean island nation.

    But now the memory of that papal visit seems to have been forgotten as Cuba's communist regime has launched a renewed crackdown on the Christian faith with reports of churches destroyed, pastors imprisoned, religious leaders' personal property seized and Christians violently stopped from worshipping.

    In its latest report, the Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) says the Cuban regime has launched a major crackdown against churches and has seized and demolished at least 1,400 church buildings. The regime is justifying its action by claiming that the churches are unregistered, and therefore, illegal.

    The report cites more than 1,000 cases of religious freedom violations, including the "destruction of church property, arbitrary detention and other forms of harassment, in particular seizure of religious leaders' personal belongings."

    More than 1,000 churches were officially confiscated between January and July of this year, with 100 of those churches threatened with demolition, according to CBN News.

  2. annsni

    annsni Administrator

    May 30, 2006
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    I will have to speak to my friend who has close ties to the church in Cuba (one of the pastors from Cuba was just here in the states this past weekend) to see what kind of "on the ground" report I have of this but I know that whether this is true or not, the church in Cuba is going through a bit of an internal crisis and they can really use our prayers. My daughter was supposed to be there in July but the trip was canceled because of this internal strife. Our friend decided that the church needs to do some "housecleaning and management" before they can use outside help in ministry. So pray for them. They are not only being attacked from without but from within.