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Cuba

Communist rule, as instituted under Fidel Castro's leadership (1959-2008), continues to impose restrictions on religious activity in Cuba. Religious leaders are reluctant to say anything that could be construed as opposing the government in the fear that they will face repercussions such as a denial of permits from the Office of Religious Affairs. Evangelical Christians have reported harassment, fines and arrests for conducting public gatherings.

According to most religious groups, however, there have recently been some improvements. Religious activities are met with less opposition, and people are able to import more religious material. And while the construction of new religious buildings have been largely denied, many existing churches have undergone extensive "repairs," essentially amounting to new buildings being erected on existing foundations. Yet, to accommodate the growth of Christianity and overcome the country's restrictions on the building of new church facilities, there are an undefined number of house churches being established, likely numbering in the thousands.

Pastor Omar Gude Perez of the Apostolic Reformation has consistently been an outspoken opponent of government policy. On October 30, 2012, he issued an open letter protesting restrictions on his pastoral activities and the government's refusal to grant him an exit visa. He also protested of his three-year incarceration on false charges. Finally, on January 31, 2013, Pastor Omar and his family were granted asylum in the United States.

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
11,059,062 (July 2020 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
White (64.1), Mullato or mixed (26.6), Black (9.3)

Religion (%)
nominal Roman Catholic (85), Protestant, Jewish, Santeria

Leader
President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez

Government type
Communist state

Legal system
Civil law system based on Spanish civil code

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Cuba

Ask God to provide wisdom to Cuba's church leaders, specifically requesting that they will exemplify grace toward all governmental authorities  while remaining bold in their presentation of the Gospel.

Pray for the salvation of the current governmental leader, Raúl Castro, as well as those who work under his leadership.

Pray that the believers of this country will not fear government reprisal but live in unconditional surrender to the Lordship of Christ.

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  • House Church Denied Reopening
    Amparo Gallo's congregation - Photo: VOM USA
    Amparo Gallo's congregation (before pandemic restrictions).
    Photo: VOM USA

    Following an ease of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the Cuban government announced that churches could begin meeting again in person as of Sunday, October 10th. However, two days before the restrictions were scheduled to be

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  • Church Building Destroyed
    Assembies of God church - Photo: VOM Australia
    The demolished church.

     

    In the early morning of October 30th, authorities arrived with equipment and began demolishing the Assemblies of God church in Santiago de Cuba. The church, led by Pastor Faustino (Fausto) Palomo Cabrera, belongs to a legally recognized denomination.

  • Released from Detention
    Ricardo Fernandez Izaguirre - Photo: Facebook / Ricardo Fernandez Izaguirre
    Ricardo Fernandez Izaguirre
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    Ricardo Fernandez Izaguirre

    Ricardo Fernandez Izaguirre, an independent journalist and religious freedom advocate, was detained on July 12th, at the same time various religious leaders were being blocked from leaving the country to attend meetings in Was

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  • Defenders of Religious Freedom Blocked from Meetings
    Alain Toledano Valiente - Photo: Facebook / Alain Toledano Valiente
    Alain Toledano Valiente
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    Alain Toledano Valiente

    The United States Department of State has been hosting a Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom event in Washington, D.C. from July 16th to 18th. Representatives from around the world have gathered together to discuss this major iss

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