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The Catholic Church is the leading nongovernmental institution in Cuba today. From its strong clashes with the Cuban revolutionary government in the early 1960s, through its long period of isolation and marginalization in the 1970s and 1980s, the church has improved its relations with the state, especially after the visit of Pope John Paul II to the island in 1998. The church has recently played the role of mediator between civil society and state authorities, particularly in securing the release of 75 political prisoners in 2011.The Vatican has been credited with facilitating the secret conversations that led to the reestablishment of diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba in July 2015.



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Cuban Research Institute


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The Catholic Church in Cuba: The Present Situation and Challenges for the Future



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