And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)
Artist’s rendition of the first new church in Cuba in 55 years.
Cuba has allowed construction of the country’s first new Catholic church in 55 years, according to the Associated Press.
The church will seat 200 and is funded by donations from Catholics in Tampa, Florida. It will be built in Sandino, a citrus and coffee-growing town in the far-western province of Pinar del Rio.
Starting with the 1959 revolution, Castro’s Communist government placed restrictions on religious expression in Cuba. Yet the Cuban church has survived.
“The construction of a church is a clear demonstration of a new phase, of an improvement, in relations between the church and the state,” said Enrique Lopez Oliva, a professor the history of religions at the University of Havana.
It’s another example of how faith in Christ concurs all.