Yes. Persecution. But not of all Christians.
If you are a Catholic bishop or archbishop or cardinal who kisses the feet of King Raul you won’t be persecuted.
The Christians who are experiencing persecution are those who don’t belong to the state-run Catholic Church.
So, while the new archbishop prays for the success of the Revolution, that “Revolution” demolishes independent churches and arrests and abuses their pastors and congregations.
From Christian Today
Christian charity appeals for funds to fight Cuba church demolitions
A leading Christian charity is appealing for funds to help stop the demolition of churches in Cuba.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide has published moving testimony of what it was like for the pastor and his family when government officials demolished Emanuel Church in eastern Cuba.
“Marilin is dragged from her bed by the police, handcuffed, and led away while her daughters, aged 11 and 12, watch helplessly. Her husband, Alain, is at a conference in Miami. He will not know what’s happened to his wife until the next day.
“Just a few hours later, government officials proceeded to demolish the Emanuel Church building in Eastern Cuba – the church Marilin and her husband Alain lead – which is also their home. Two hundred church members were arrested to stop them protesting the demolition.”
It was not an isolated incident. Last year, more than 100 churches in Cuba were designated for demolition, and 2,000 Assemblies of God churches were declared illegal. Since the start of this year four major churches have been demolished, with many more at risk.
“The Cuban government wants to keep this a secret – but we won’t stop shining a light on what’s happening,” said the charity.
A group of around 40 were held in a local school while others were taken to police stations across the region to stop them from protesting against the demolition.
According to Church leaders, many were beaten while they were being detained. The government has repeatedly refused to register the Apostolic Movement denomination, said the charity.
Rev Alain Toledano said his daughters were screaming as they witnessed their mother being detained, adding that this is the second time they have experienced the destruction of their home and church. The last occasion was 2007.
In addition to the latest demolition, in February this year, the government confiscated goods belonging to the church including pews, chairs, audio equipment a piano and other musical instruments. More than 1,000 blocks of cement were also confiscated, despite the fact that the Toledano family has documents showing that they were legally purchased.