Two Cuban priests celebrate Mass for Ladies in White

Two Cuban priests celebrate Mass for Ladies in White

Persecuted group meets at home

[The new Archbishop of Havana has not yet commented on the matter of the Ladies, although he has said, “The church lives the gospel, proclaims the gospel, denounces what is wrong in order for it to progress” but also that he does not want “capitalism or anything of the kind, but that socialism progresses”]

JULY 21, 2017 BY Cal-Catholic Daily

On Sunday, July 16, at least 55 Ladies in White were arrested.

The following comes from a July 20 story on Breitbart.

Following 109 Sundays in which the Communist Cuban government had denied them entry to their local church, the Ladies in White dissident group received two Catholic priests to celebrate Mass in their headquarters on Monday. The two priests, Fathers José Conrado and Castor Álvarez, led what those in attendance described as an “emotional ceremony” meant as an act of defiance against the oppression of the Castro regime.

“We are not in favor of this grave, severe violation of religious freedom in our country of preventing the Ladies in White from participating in the cult of the Church,” Conrado said. “It is a way of saying that we are concerned and deeply interested in respect for human rights in our country.”

“Since they are not permitted to reach the church, the Church has come here to celebrate the holy Mass,” Conrado told reporters.

The Cuban dissidents, he added, were “giving witness to what the struggle for rights and defense of liberty for all is.”

The Archbishop of Havana, Juan de la Caridad García, has yet to comment on the incident. The Vatican has rarely commented on the Ladies in White, and largely refused to challenge the Castro regime on its many human rights abuses.

The head of the Ladies in White group, Berta Soler, told Martí Noticias that it was necessary for the group to maintain utmost discretion about the Mass to prevent the government from acting against the priests or dissidents who wished to attend. The publication notes that March 20, 2016, was the last time the government allowed the Ladies in White to enter the Santa Rita church they have frequented in Havana for Sunday Mass since the Black Spring of 2003. Then-president Barack Obama was in Havana at the time.

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