Catholic World News

Increased religious repression reported in Cuba

January 27, 2015

Violations of religious freedom in Cuba increased in 2014, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a UK-based organization that advocates on behalf of persecuted Christians.

“Week after week, scores of women affiliated with the Ladies in White dissident group, most of whom are Roman Catholic, were violently dragged away by state security agents to stop them from attending Sunday morning Mass,” the organization reported. “Many were beaten in the process and most were arbitrarily detained until after the conclusion of religious services.”

In addition, “the historic Franciscan monastery in Guanabacoa shut its doors after waiting years for government permission to carry out necessary repairs,” the report continued. “Most of the monks, whose order has been present in Cuba for centuries, will be leaving Cuba as a result, with only four remaining in the country.”

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