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Long way to go.

Dear editor,

This is in reference to your story, Conditions improved for Cuban churches, (February).

As a Journal reader, the last thing I would like to see in such a newspaper is a picture of Cuban president Fidel Castro, even if it shows him being greeted by Pope John Paul II in 1998.

After the victory of Communism in Cuba, thousands of priests, monks and religious people disappeared into Soviet-style gulags. "Revolutionaries" led by Fidel Castro and his brother Raoul shut down religious institutions in Cuba and introduced intensive atheist propaganda.

Rev. Reinerio Arce, principal of the Evangelical Seminary of Theology in Matanzas, said in your story that a majority of Cubans are followers of Santeria, an Afro-Caribbean religion. I have traveled extensively in Cuba but did not find anyone connected with such religion.

Your story is right that conditions have improved for Cuban churches. But freedom of religion has a long way to go; religious activities are still under the heavy supervision of the Cuban Communist Party and the Cuban Ministry of the Interior.

George Le Mac

London, Ont.
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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Le Mac, George
Publication:Anglican Journal
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:May 1, 2006
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