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Latino Daily News

Monday January 28, 2013

Catholic Church Property Nationalized by Fidel Castro in 1961 Returned

Catholic Church Property Nationalized by Fidel Castro in 1961 Returned

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Authorities in the province of Granma, in the south-east of Cuba, have returned to the Catholic Church two buildings and land, within the policies of President Raul Castro, who intends to return to the Church property nationalized by the revolutionary regime in 1961.

At the time 339 Catholic schools and Catholic universities in Havana went to the state. The measure took away from the Church its main source of income, as well as the ownership of some churches and chapels according to the Fides Agency.

In addition to the return of these three properties, the provincial government has given the Church another piece of land to build a place of worship for the people. In 2012, the government returned to the Archdiocese of Havana, the chapel of the old University Villanueva.

Father Jose Felix Perez, executive Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Cuba, reported that a few months ago the Office for Religious Affairs of the Party of Government, had communicated to the Church the government’s willingness to return some property that had been nationalized.