Christian Persecution in Cuba Skyrockets After 2021 Protest

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Assessment: Cuba has jumped up now to number 37 on the WWL and while it’s not a huge country, they are beginning to get very serious about controlling the church …

Christian persecution in Cuba, a nation that was overwhelmingly Catholic before communism befell its population, has increased significantly in the past year due to the rising presence of Christian voices in the pro-democracy movement there, the Christian aid organization Open Doors found.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Pilgrims take part in the Saint Lazarus procession at El Rincon Church in Havana, on December 16, 2021. - Thousands of believers gather every year on this date, in this church to fulfill promises to Saint Lazarus - for Christians - or Babalu Aye, for the faithful of the Afro-Cuban …

Open Doors published its annual World Watch List – a ranking of the worst places in the world to be a Christian – last week, documenting rising persecution as the stranglehold of jihadist movements tightens around places like Nigeria and Afghanistan and repressive leaders use the Chinese coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to limit the right of Christians to freely assembly.

Open Doors reported that, as of the end of 2021, 360 million Christians live in places that discriminate heavily against them and that, in the past year, 5,898 Christians were killed as a result of their embrace of their faith.

Latin America, as one of the most heavily Christian-populated regions in the world, does not often see its nations rank highly on the World Watch.

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