Cuba - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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Cuba

POPULATION 11,263,000
ROMAN CATHOLIC 47 percent
PROTESTANT 4 percent
SANTERÍA (AFRO-CUBAN RELIGIONS) 2 percent
JEWISH 0.01 percent
NO STATED RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION 46.99 percent

Cuba

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Religious tolerance is a rather new conception in Cuba's history. Columbus first encountered the island in 1492, but the Spanish Catholic Church did not send a bishop to oversee the island's religious life until 1516. By that time the Spanish Inquisition was investigating all "heretical" religious practices in Spain. While the full force of the Inquisition did not cross the Atlantic, freedom of religion was not extended to Cuba until 1886. Before then Catholicism was the only religion allowed to be practiced in the public sphere.

In 1991 the Cuban Communist Party lifted its 25-year ban on the admittance of religious believers to the party. The following year the Cuban constitution was amended to declare that Cuba was no longer an atheist state but rather a secular one committed...

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