Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Church leaders secure Cuban political prisoner's release

Catholic World News - June 15, 2010

A prominent Cuban political prisoner has been released after talks between government officials and Church leaders.

Ariel Sigler Amaya, who had been sentenced to a 20-year prison term after his 2003 arrest in a crackdown on political dissidents, was set free on June 14. A few days earlier, government officials had promised to release Sigler during talks with Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino of Havana.

The prisoner’s release came on the eve of a visit to Cuba by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States—in effect the foreign minister of the Holy See. The US State department hailed the prisoner’s release, and paid tribute to “those working for the improved treatment of released political prisoners, including the Catholic Church.”

Sigler’s release was explained as a humanitarian move. He is seriously ill: paralyzed from the waist down, and weighing barely over 100 pounds. Church officials in Cuba continue to press for the release of other political prisoners.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our August expenses ($15,935 to go):
$35,000.00 $19,064.98
46% 54%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The rising, dangerous influence of 'transgender' ideology 7 hours ago
Does the EU flag evoke the patronage of the Virgin Mary? 8 hours ago
The diocese as corporate sponsor 16 hours ago
Lectures on Art and Faith in NYC August 26
Black Mass Thwarted in Oklahoma City August 26

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8