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Following positive progress in relations between Cuba and the United States, the World Council of Churches has welcomed the developments.
Christian leaders are calling on the United States government to initiate direct dialogue with the Cuban government.
Latin American and Cuban churches have called for 'an ecumenism of concrete gestures' at a recent regional meeting in Havana.
The United States economic blockade against Cuba has forced the postponement of the 6th General Assembly of the Latin American Council of Churches
His trip to Cuba will be the pontiff's second visit to Latin America, home to almost half of the world's Catholics. Benedict XVI visited Brazil in 2007.
Amnesty International says Cuba must reform an arbitrary exit permit scheme affecting all Cubans, after a prominent blogger was again blocked from travelling abroad.
Church leaders from the US and Cuba have wrapped up a five-day meeting in Havana with a call for "normalised relations" between the two countries.
This culture of violence against women has been strongly challenged in a World Council of Churches workshop on “transformative masculinities”.
As Cuba moves toward a post-Fidel Castro society, its churches are finding ways to "give a Christian witness with integrity" in a state-controlled country.
The general secretary of the US National Council of Churches has welcomed a White House decision lifting travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba.