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Dictatorship holds pilgrims heading to the shrine of the patron saint of Cuba

Posted by Joseph on 21 October, 2013

Over 200 Cuban Catholics could reach the sanctuary of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre , patron saint of the country on the day of your party.

The celebration had a heroic connotation because the Castro dictatorship banned pilgrimages and blocked the main roads leading to the shrine.

The shrine is located near the city of Santiago de Cuba, in the southeast of the island.

The Catholic movement was unprecedented in the history of socialist dictatorship.

The event was preceded by a lightning-police operation aimed at dismantling groups that prepared the pilgrimage.

According to information from the splinter group Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), police of communist dictatorship imprisoned a number of pilgrims still unknown.

Badges and other religious emblems may have facilitated the arrests.

Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

To avoid repression and arrests, the pilgrims used alternative routes to the shrine.

Most often, they traveled paths located in the middle of the field, preventing roads and other roads busiest.

The Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre is the patron saint of Cuba since the early twentieth century.

His devotion is growing among Cubans disillusioned with the regime and the lack of credible political alternatives.

The journalist opponent Juan Juan Almeida emphasizes that nothing today unites more Cubans than the Virgen de la Caridad, reported ” Infocatólica“.

 

http://ipco.org.br/ipco/noticias/ditadura-prende-peregrinos-dirigiam-santuario-padroeira-cuba#.UmVhEPnry0o

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