In the Ermita de la Caridad a prayer was made for the freedom of Cuba before the gaze of the Virgin Mambisa. In this sanctuary, Cubans from South Florida gathered to ask for the future of the island.
It was a convocation of the Hermitage and the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance, made up of different exile organizations.
“I have brought a white rose, as the apostle, José Martí, said, and I am going to place it on the altar, with all the feeling and with all the prayers that we are making to our mother today,” said Silvia Iriondo , from Mar por Cuba.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Church on the island defended the right of Cubans to take to the streets and protest. This was the message from the copper.
Dionisio García, Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba, said: “We bishops have said that our homeland needs changes. Changes that give hope to our people, that give them confidence ”.
So far, activists and human rights groups report more than 500 arrests since the start of the protests, on July 11. Among them, 11 minors. Independent protesters, activists and journalists. But also, members of religious organizations that marched alongside his people.
Manuel Álvarez, priest of the Archdiocese of Miami, says:
“That is why it is so important to come here to pray for those young people who are still missing or who are imprisoned.”
The Cuban Methodist Church also rejected violence against protesters.
Pastor Lester Fernández, vice president of the Methodist Church in Cuba, said: “I believe that the government has an obligation not only to listen to those who support his party, but to be able to listen to different opinions.”
The Cuban conference of religious established a helpline to offer legal and spiritual advice to relatives of the detainees. Meanwhile, Cubans on both shores remain united. For the faith and hope of a Cuba in freedom.