A Christmas message from Cuba’s Christian Liberation Movement

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. This Christmas, Cuba’s Christian Liberation Movement reasserts its commitment to a peaceful transition to democracy and freedom in communist Cuba.

Via Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Christmas Message from the Christian Liberation Movement

“We have not chosen the path of peace as a tactic, but because it is inseparable from the goal for which our people are striving.” – Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas

Twenty one years ago this week on December 17, 2002 in Strasbourg, France while receiving the Sakharov Prize from the European Union Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas explained what motivated his movement’s choice to embark on a nonviolent struggle:

“We have not chosen the path of peace as a tactic, but because it is inseparable from the goal for which our people are striving. Experience teaches us that violence begets more violence and that when political change is brought about by such means, new forms of oppression and injustice arise.”

Oswaldo’s full written speech is available online, and required reading, and video of the speech is also available online.

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Christmas Message from the Christian Liberation Movement

We are very close to celebrating the Nativity of the Lord and we want to unite in good wishes with our people.

Just as the people of God walked through the desert, in the midst of tribulations and in the diaspora, they never stopped looking with their hearts towards Jerusalem, so our people walk in the midst of oppression and exile, looking towards Cuba with hope in their soul. and in every thought. The hope that the faith and determination of a people who want to be free and seek happiness in their own country gives us.

Those imprisoned for political causes have also marked the year. They have been kidnapped and with dignity they bear the full weight of repression for the freedom of our people. Their faces are also that of hope.

The Letter to the Hebrews in chapter 13 tells us “Remember those who are in prison as if you were in prison with them.”

Extreme poverty rates are increasing and the difficulties of putting bread on the table has become a true miracle. While the caste that has kidnapped the rights of Cubans lives in the midst of luxuries and privileges, segregating citizens.

But injustice will not prevail because our hope comes from above, it comes on Christmas from Jesus Christ, a defenseless child cold in the middle of the night in his poor manger.

That next year we can all meet in our homeland, our fraternal Cuban National Home so that our lives can be reborn in freedom, the spiritual life of the Cuban soul and we can find happiness in the land that God gave us and the Virgin of Charity, Mother of all Cubans bless.

Let us celebrate this birth with joy and hope, so that God continues with us on this long journey.

Let us return our hearts to God, because the freedom of Cuba will necessarily pass through faith and values.

Merry Christmas! God bless our beloved Cuba!

All Cubans, All Brothers and Now Freedom!

Christian Liberation Movement
December 24, 2023

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1 thought on “A Christmas message from Cuba’s Christian Liberation Movement”

  1. Alas, the powers that be in Cuba have zero commitment to any transition to anything that takes them out of power, and if they feel their power is slipping away, they will be anything but peaceful.

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