|Pope Benedict XVI during his trip to Cuba in 2012.|
For the first time in 55 years, a new Catholic church is being built in Cuba, which marks a shift in the country’s policy on the Catholic Church.
The church, which will be built in Sandino in the western province of Pinar del Rio, will be able to hold about 200 people, according to Christian Life. Catholics in Tampa, Fla., helped to raise funds for its construction.
Since the 1959 revolution, the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Cuban government has been rocky, but improving steadily, especially since both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI visited the country.
According to Enrique Lopez Oliva, a professor of the history of religions at the University of Havana, “The construction of a church is a clear demonstration of a new phase, of an improvement, in relations between the church and the state.”
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