White House Prayer Vigil As Obama Visits Cuba Amid ‘Crackdown On Christians’

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
indexWASHINGTON/HAVANA (BosNewsLife)-- Christian activists planned prayers near the White House Sunday to express concern that Barack Obama will be the first American president visiting Cuba in nearly 90 years, despite a reported crackdown on churches and other rights abuses on the Communist-run island.

Cuba Closing Evangelical Church Amid Wider Crackdown

By BosNewsLife Americas Service

HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)-- Hundreds of Christians in Cuba were without a place of worship Thursday, March 14, after security forces closed down the Full Gospel Church as part of a government attempt to "destroy" evangelical congregations on the Communist-run island, rights activists said.

Cuba Frees Catholic Dissident Ferrer

By BosNewsLife Americas Service

HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)-- Prominent Catholic dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer was free Monday, August 6, after he was detained for some 36 hours in Cuba's eastern city of Holguin.

Cuba Releasing “Hundreds” Of Dissidents As Pope leaves Cuba

By BosNewsLife Americas Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos and reports from Cuba

Pope Benedict XVI attracted huge crowds during visit in Cuba.HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)-- As Pope Benedict XVI was leaving Cuba, "hundreds of dissidents", including devoted Christians, were released after spending the week in prison or under house arrest to stop them from attending any religious activities surrounding his visit, rights activists confirmed Friday, March 30.

Cuba Christians Attacked Ahead Of Pope’s Visit, Group Claims

By BosNewsLife Americas Service

HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)-- Christian rights activists said Friday, March 9, they have detected an "increase in religious freedom violations" in Cuba ranging from preventing people to attend church services, to the seizure of church land, harassment, beatings and imprisonment of church leaders.

Cuba Pastor Remains Behind Bars After Losing Appeal Right

By BosNewsLife Americas Service with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

O2867c2ef50f2e89a91ed0003c76789cf (1)HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)-- There was international disappointment Monday, February 1, that the leader of a growing network of independent churches in Cuba has been denied the right to appeal his six-year prison sentence by the Supreme Tribunal in Havana.