Sunday, November 02, 2014

First New Catholic Church in Cuba in 55 years Signals Change for Cuban Government

A parish in Tampa has made history by being permitted to build the first new Catholic church on Cuba in 55 years, the church announced Oct. 27.

The Associated Press reported that the move signals improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba's communist government.

Since the 1959 revolution, the government remained mainly atheist, causing tense relations with the Vatican. The first signal of any relief came in 1998 with the visit of Pope John Paul II.

Soon after that visit, Christian holidays were allowed to be observed, and a ban on church membership for Communist Party members was revoked.

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