Roman Catholic Church in Cuba says new blog not political
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- 12 / 02 / 2009
"Believing in Cuba" is a meeting place for "those who live, dream, work and hope in Cuba and the Cuban community overseas," according to an announcement on the Cuban Catholic Bishops Conference Web site.
Church leaders were quick to explain that "Believing in Cuba" is intended to be apolitical — a place "for suggestions, more than complaints," the announcement read.
"These days, digital culture is advancing and one must take note," Rev. Jose Felix Perez, a senior Bishops Conference official, told The Associated Press. "It's part of life."
Perez said it's not clear how much reach the blog can have in Cuba, where only a small fraction of islanders are online and Internet access is slow and prohibitively expensive for most.
Still, the government has liberalized Internet restrictions somewhat in recent months. Cubans can now go online at post offices for slightly less than they would have to pay elsewhere, and some students, scientists and other professionals receive access from the government at greatly subsidized rates.
In November, a senior Vatican official asked Cuba's government to allow the Church more access to mass media, saying it's an important way for clergy members to reach the faithful.
Relations between the Catholic Church and the Cuban government have improved considerably since Pope John Paul II toured the island in 1998.
Source:www.sun-sentinel.com and AP