Cuba Authorities Halt Church Demolition After Protests

By BosNewsLife Americas Service cubachurchHAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)-- Cuban authorities have halted the demolition of an Assemblies of God church in the city of Santiago de Cuba after protesters, including the denomination’s regional head, held a spontaneous sit-in at the church, activists say. Christians said the demonstrators also participated in an unauthorised march through the city and a "peaceful demonstration" at the local Cuban Communist Party (CCP) offices to rally against "ongoing government confiscations" and destruction of church properties.

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.

NEWS ALERT: Cuba Pastor Banned From Preaching After Prison Release

By BosNewsLife Americas Service HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)-- Cuba has released an evangelical pastor from a six-and-a-half year prison sentence under condition that he does not preach and remains confined to his home city of Camaguey, representatives said Monday, March 28.

Cuba Reluctant To Detain Suspects In Attack On Pastor, Christians say

By BosNewsLife Americas Service HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)-- Over two months after a Cuban pastor was beaten and left unconscious in eastern Cuba, officials have still no suspects in the case, Christian rights activists told BosNewsLife Wednesday, April 10.  

NEWS ALERT: Cuba To Release 52 Dissidents, Church Says

By BosNewsLife Americas Service HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)-- Cuba will release 52 political prisoners as part of the communist-run Caribbean island's largest release of dissidents since Pope John Paul II visited in 1998, the Cuban Catholic Church said.

NEWS ALERT: Former Jailed Cuban Pastor, Family, Escape To US

By BosNewsLife Americas Service Pastor-Omar-Gude-Perez-with-his-wife-150x150 HAVANA/WASHINGTON (BosNewsLife)-- A pastor who was jailed for leading independent churches in Cuba has arrived with his wife and children in the United States "as refugees", the church leader and activists said Friday, February 1.

NEWS ALERT: Cuban Pastors Detained After Distributing American Aid

By BosNewsLife News Center HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)-- Two Cuban Baptist leaders are detained in Cuba on charges of “illicit financial activity,” after distributing financial aid from American Christians to needy churches in the island's Guantanamo province, an international advocacy group said Monday, October 19.

Cuba Targets Religious Rights Activists, Christians

HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)-- Cuban authorities are targeting a top religious rights advocate and other activists as well as Christian leaders with travel bans and visits by security agents amid growing tensions with Washington, BosNewsLife established Thursday, June 22.

Cuba Detains Baptist Pastor Ahead Of Summit

By BosNewsLife Americas Service Mario Felix Lleonart (1)HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)-- A Baptist pastor remained under house arrest in central Cuba Monday, January 27, after he was reportedly detained by the Communist island's political police and state security forces as part of a larger crackdown on dissidents, ahead of a regional summit. The troubles began Sunday, January 25, after police surrounded the home of Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, who is pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Taguayabon, Christian rights investigators said.

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.

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