Cuba: Springtime of FaithAuthor: John Pontifex
Document type: Reports
As Cuba prepared to welcome Pope Benedict XVI to the island in March 2012, the country's faithful stood on the threshold of a new era of hope.
After five decades of communist oppression, Church leaders were finally able to speak of "a new way of interacting" with the authorities – reflecting a key thawing in relations that opened doors long locked tight.
In this report Aid to the Church in Need's John Pontifex examines the changing face of the Church on the island, and the huge pastoral challenges it faces, as some return to the Church and others discover the Faith for the first time.