A basis for the CUBAN INTERFAITH PLATFORM, bringing together believers from the seven religions established in Cuba and fifteen religious associations and Institutions, as well as all persons of faith, rooted in the richest tradition of our cultural diversity, in the quest for unity and love among all human beings, was founded on September 12, 2011 under the name CUBAN PASTORAL PLATFORM, as the broadest expression of heterogeneous ecumenism within the most profound respect for religious, social, and cultural plurality, as a positive response to the quest for unity through joint projects and ideas among the different faiths professed in Cuba.
The PLATFORM is convinced that justice, peace, and love are inseparable values. Love is the fruit of peace, and peace is the fruit of justice. Accordingly, it denounces that injustice by the powerful against the poor and the have-nots is exerted through oppressive methods and terror –be them violent or subtle— to instill fear and submission. It likewise ratifies its belief that all human beings are children of the God of justice, peace, and love, and are entitled to the inalienable right to equally enjoy material fruits –justice- and spiritual fruits -peace and love- of God’s creation.
Thus, prolonged situations of social injustice harm the expressions of love and peace of the community, violate God’s will, curb social and economic development, and bring about discord and disagreement which, in turn, cause division at many social levels, thus generating violence within the community, family, and among individuals.
Based on the conviction of believers that justice is the irreplaceable architecture to build the peace and love with which God blesses individuals, families, and nations, and on the fact that today, the greatest threat to peace is expressed through –first and foremost- unjust policies designed by the powers to promote confrontation and prevent dialogue, we reaffirm our struggle against all structural injustices that oppose the building of a world of peace, where acceptance and mutual respect will reign as the way forward towards a permanent dialogue that may guarantee the reign of justice and will bring peace and love.
The PLATFORM recognizes that the different faiths, religions, families, communities, and the homeland play an irreplaceable role in building a world of peace. It is for this reason that religions are addressing the challenge of a positive response to strengthen coexistence among them, characterized by respect and solidarity, in the common task of preserving faith and working with the families to achieve a harmonious relationship preventing violence.
THE CUBAN INTERFAITH PLATFORM RATIFIES THE BASIS OF ITS WORK IN:
1- The continuous work for the family reunification of the five Cuban antiterrorists unfairly imprisoned in US jails, where they are still serving unfair sentences making a sacrificial contribution to justice, life, and world peace.
2- The strengthening of unity and peace within the Cuban family.
3- The interfaith dialogue in Cuba and in the rest of the world, on the basis of ecumenical fraternity and full respect for cultural diversity.
4- A culture of peace starting at household level and all way up to the homeland, among all social justice lovers throughout the world.
5- The struggle against all forms of war (mass media, armed conflicts, etc.)
6- The eradication of discrimination on the basis of gender, color of skin, sexual preference, ethnic origin, creed, and origin.
7- The Universal Human Rights of peoples that have been deprived of their human rights due to unjustifiable and ancestral wars.
8- The implementation of interfaith strategies aimed at mediating in conflicts of all forms of violence. .
9- An ecological culture in faith based on a holistic, plural, and mixed-parentage thinking and dialogue with others.
10- The restoration and promulgation of universal human values.
Today, we are brought together by love, peace, and solidarity. Through love, we achieve the supreme communion of human beings, that is, peace attained as a result of fraternity, respect, acceptance, and unity. We are moved by a generous intention: let us pray, let each and every one of us beseech God, in accordance with the different traditions, uses or customs. But, above all, let us work for justice, peace, and love.
As customary, every year the Scientific Workshop on Social Anthropology and Agro-American Culture is held on January 6. In this 25th edition of the Workshop, Reverend Pablo Odén Marichal gave a master lecture on Ecumenical Relations in Cuba and was held at the Casa de Africa Museum. DSc. Enrique Aleman Gutiérrez, Cuban Interfaith Platform Coordinator, and Reverend Joel Ortega Dopico, Secretary of the Cuban Council of Churches also participated in this important debate.
The opening address of this important meeting was delivered by Alberto Granado Duque, Director of the Museum, who highlighted the importance of the Cuban Interfaith Platform in the expression of the Nation and Unity in the current society.
On its part, Reverend Oden Marichal made a historic analysis of the meaning of the term ecumenicalism and its practice in the development of the Christian Church.
DSc. Enrique Aleman, Coordinator of the Platform, placed special emphasis on coexistence, peace, justice and unity within the plurality of the multi-religious family as an expression of Cuban identity and as a source for interfaith dialogue in Cuba.
This was an important meeting for learning and exchanging views among intellectuals, scholars, researchers and different members of the religious denominations that gathered in this event.
Havana, September 8, 2020
“Year 62 of the Revolution”
“…More than doctors, they will be jealous guardians of the most precious thing of human beings,
apostles and creators of a more human world”
Fidel Castro Ruz
The Cuban Interfaith Platform honors and acknowledges the work being done by the Cuban scientific community and all researchers who are arduously engaged in the clinical trials of one of the promising vaccine candidates, SOBERANA-01, to fight the COVID-19 in Cuba.
Our blessing to all Cuban scientific women and men linked to this research, technology and innovation. You have the deepest spiritual support of this people. The whole nation is lifting up its heart to the Lord and placing your work and merits in God´s hands.
Solidarity is the first human being´s act of faith and compassion. The second one is to serve as an instrument to safeguard the Homeland and Mankind if necessary.
We are all aware that our nation, with its giant faithful heart, will continue creating the best with our health staff, a task that speaks loudly of our humane growth, solidarity and devotion to the practice of good and love for our fellow men and women, our faith, humanism and solidarity.
We ratify that every component of this plural Interfaith Platform nurtures from the spiritual strength of the martyrs of this genuine Homeland and of Fidel Castro Ruz, who is present in every battle won, in every sacrifice, in every dream and in the hope that we shall win this battle against the COVID-19. Every Cuban scientist in an inseparable part of our people and our people is invincible because it is always present in every work aimed at human improvement and virtue.
Today Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre covers you all with her veil: “Glory to all those who follow Jesus´ path”.
Cuban Interfaith Platform
On the morning of January 26, in the Parque Martiano, located in Ejido and Desamparados, Centro Habana, the members of the Knights of the Order of Light met, along with other members of the different religious denominations of the Cuban Intreligious Platform, to to honor José Martí on the 167th Anniversary of his birth, on January 28, 1853.
In the aforementioned Park, he remembered, the figure of the Master, as a patriot and as a Cuban, the greatest of all time.
The Quisicuaba Religious Institution Association was present at the event and made clear its identification with the cause to which the Apostle dedicated his life and like all worthy Cubans, condemned the outrage committed by vulgar criminals to their monuments.
On June 27, in the Hebrew Community of Cuba, a fraternal meeting of the XXX Caravan of Pastors for Peace took place with the religious leaders of the Cuban Civil Society and representatives of the Platform for Interreligious Dialogue. This cultural and interreligious exchange was a genuine expression of solidarity and respect for the Cuban people and their Revolution. The unity, love, fraternity and ecumenism of all present in this space was once again evident.
On June 23, the Mystic and Antiquísima, Order “Rosa Cruz”, as part of the Cuban Interreligious Platform, developed a Meditation for Peace, an activity conceived within the program to be developed by this organization throughout the year, in which Several representatives of the Cuban civil society participated. Peace, the foundation of the Interreligious Platform, consolidated fraternity and social cohesion among those present.
The Cuban Interfaith Platform has been carrying out various activities in Cuba where sisters and brothers of different religious denominations and fraternal institutions interact where interreligious dialogue, ecumenism, respect and peace become reality in the work of the Cuban religious people.
On the morning of February 20, the First Presbyterian Church made an interreligious declaration in favor of peace in Latin America and the Caribbean, extolling it as a zone of peace. An inclusive day with everyone and for the good of all, according to the precepts of the Master, our National Hero José Martí. On this occasion, leaders of various religious and fraternal denominations participated with a great attendance of the communities of faith offering a message of peace for the brother countries of Venezuela and Nicaragua. This opportunity was also useful to reaffirm the positive vote for the Constitutional Referendum on February 24th.
The Quisicuaba Association, together with brothers from other religious denominations, actively participated in the sessions that took place at the IV International Conference for the Balance of the World, held at the Havana Convention Center and that ran from January 28 to the 31 of the same month.
Multiple activities were: Lectures, panels, round tables and others.
One of the main themes of this meeting was the interreligious dialogue in the current world where the theme of peace and the thought of JOse Martí as a transverse moral ethical axis of religions in Cuba was highlighted. The event was characterized by its plurality and scientific character, while it expressed its support for Venezuela and solidarity with the victims of the Tornado that occurred in Havana, which caused numerous damages.
On the day of January 19 in the Episcopal Cathedral, the Holy Trinity was the first activity of the Cuban Interreligious Platform of this year 2019. In the same we counted on the presence of the various leaders of fraternal institutions and organizations, as well as members of their communities. The reception to this meeting was in charge of the Reverend Juan Ramón de la Paz, assistant to the bishop. The role of women, religious freedom and the challenges and challenges for interreligious dialogue were addressed by the speakers, among whom were Pastor Maday Garcia, Reverend Oden Marichal and DrC. Yuri Perez vice-dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Havana.
On December 10-12, 2018, the First International Symposium “Dialogues on Human Rightswas held.The event began with the introductory words by Dr,Sc, Yuri Pérez Martínez, Vice-dean of International Relations at the University of Havana, who welcomed the delegates, and a key master lecture by MagalisArochaDomínguez. Four panels were formed to deal with different issues under discussion.
Dr.Sc Enrique Alemán Gutiérrez, President of the Quisicuaba Association participated in the panel entitled “Dialogues on equality and affirmative action measures”. His intervention focused on the Cuban Interfaith Platform and its role in shaping unity and equal rights, as well as a scientific analysis of relations between equality and human rights aimed at achieving the supreme objectives of the Cuban Revolution as a political and humane Project.
The seminar included the participants´ expectations and became a contribution to the struggle and actions of the country to defend the Universal Human Rights.
On the afternoon of Saturday 10, several members of the Cuban Interfaith Platform met at El Chinito restaurant in this capital to celebrate with the brothers of the Bahá’í Faith to celebrate the Birth of the Báb and the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh . These Festivities of the Double Birthday, have traditionally been observed in the East, “These two days are counted as one in the eyes of God,” Bahá’u’lláh says, hence the entire Bahá’í world celebrates in accordance with the same calendar with rejoicing and eager anticipation. With a delicious dinner and a toast of refreshing lemonade, we also celebrate the beautiful religious pluralism in Cuba and the relations of dialogue based on the principles of peace, justice and the unity of Cubans
On September 7, 2018, the Kardecian Spiritual Society held the second fraternal social meeting, “with the presence of around 80 people, which was guided by the Marti’s sentence:” The only truth of this life and the only force is love ” It was carried out at the headquarters of the Quisicuaba Association,
The main topics discussed in the meeting were related to the need to have a fuller life, a greater harmony between men and women based on a true spirituality, for which various techniques were used that allowed a rich and varied participation.
Dr. C Enrique Alemán, President of the Spiritualist Federation of Havana, in making the conclusions of the activity, highlighted the role of each of the sisters and brothers as messengers of peace and love, and practitioners of good, all which will contribute to the spiritual well-being of human beings, especially our compatriots, emphasizing the need to be bearers of an ethic in correspondence with the legacy of the best of our nation and the thesis of José Martí, who presided over our meeting.
After more than 4 years of hard work in favor of the interfaith dialogue –promoting the conservation of the city, life together as citizens and the culture of peace- the “Interfaith Platform in Matanzas” was founded on October 26 in the historical First Baptist Church of that province founded in 1899. This important meeting was attended by 11 leaders from the Cuban Interfaith Platform and DrSc. Enrique Alemán Gutiérrez (Spiritualist) and Dr. Orlando Gutiérrez (Abakua) both Deputies of the National Assembly, as well as Mercedes Armenteros from the Yoruba Association in Cuba, Provincial leaders of the Communist Party of Cuba, religious leaders of the province and brothers and sisters from different beliefs, among others, moved by a feeling of love and unity in favor of a better society.
This is a space for dialogue and understanding on our diversities, a space to know each other and become friends, as expressed by Nacyra Gómez Cruz, President of the Casa del Cariño (House of Affection), who was elected as the platform coordinator in the province and Orestes Roca, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Matanzas.
Though there is still a lot to learn in the interfaith dialogue road, these people of good will are devoted to important objectives, namely, family benefit, personal growth and common good.
This historical teaching center, founded on January 5, 1728 by the Dominican friars from the preachers´ order and whose first name was Real y Pontificia Universidad de San Gerónimo de La Habana, held its 6th graduation this July 11 in a solemn act at the University Aula Magna with the sound conviction of José de la Luz y Caballero that “Educating is creating men for life”. The event highlighted the prestigious professors and students who, due to their excellent academic outcomes, received the Golden Title. It should be mentioned that Israel Corrales, with 4.83 academic average, was the most outstanding graduate, winner of the Merit Award and Golden Title in Heritage Management and Preservation. This 6 th graduation was an homage to the 300 years of the San Gerónimo University and the 500 years of the foundation of the Villa de San Cristóbal de la Habana.
On July 25, during the first meeting of Afro-descendant Women held in the Dominican Republic in 1992, participants defined this celebration, as well as the Afro-Latin American, Afro-Caribbean and the Diaspora Women´s Network. The objective was to organize festivities and acknowledge both African women´s struggle against oppression by gender, race, ethnic and the acknowledgement of their civil, political, cultural, health, educational, labor rights, their right to live without violence and for their social, political and economic inclusion.
Since 2015, Cuba celebrates this day as part of the joint efforts of national institutions and civil society with the support of the United Nations System in Cuba and within the framework of the Afro-descendant People´s Decade. In our country, these meetings have taken place since the first edition in 2016 which gathered national specialists and activists from the Women´s Network. In 2017, it was held at the headquarters of the Quisicuaba Social and Cultural Project attended by the La Negra Tomasa community network.
In 2018 this meeting included the research outcomes as a joint initiative of the United Nations Cuban Association, the Cuban Program of the Latin American School of Social Sciences and the UNS in Cuba.
On this occasion the 40th edition of the week of culture in Centro Habana, was dedicated to music as an artistic manifestation, to the pianist Huberal, to the 110th Anniversary of the Comparsa Componedores de Batea Herrera and to the soprano Gladys Puig. The one who has always been an example of an artist and faithful woman who disseminated our culture, founder of the Teatro Lirico Nacional de Cuba, granddaughter of danzonero José Belén Puig and daughter of pianist, concert pianist and conductor Cheo Belén Puig. She has developed a creditable job as a teacher, directing numerous performances of her students in Cuba and abroad. He holds the Alejo Carpentier Medal and the Distinction for National Culture.
A well-deserved tribute to this outstanding figure of the Cuban lyric theater was held at the Andrea B. Zabala Ortega Seminary of the Quisicuaba Association on July 10, recognizing his outstanding career and contribution to the national culture, as well as inspiration to the new generations.
On June 24, as part of the activities planned by the Cuban Interreligious Platform for 2018, a Meditation for Peace was conducted led by the Ancient and Mystical Rosicrucian Order AMORC. It was attended by several religious leaders and some members of their communities, who jointly united their thoughts and wills in favor of peace in the world. All present agree on a thought expressed in “the Rosicrucian contribution to Peace”:
I contribute to peace when I strive to express the best that is in me in my relationships with others.
I contribute to peace when I put my intelligence and my knowledge at the service of Good.
I contribute to peace when I experience compassion for all who suffer.
I contribute to peace when I consider that all men are my brothers, regardless of their race, culture and religion.
I contribute to peace when I rejoice in the happiness of others and pray for their welfare.
I contribute to peace when I listen with tolerance to opinions that diverge from mine and also those that oppose it.
I contribute to peace when I use dialogue instead of force to settle conflicts.
I contribute to peace when I respect nature and preserve it for future generations.
I contribute to peace when I do not try to impose my concept of God on others.
I contribute to peace when I make peace the foundation of my ideals and my philosophy.
On November 23rd the Interreligious Platform of Granma meets for the third time in the salons of the Manuel Muñoz Cedeño Provincial Museum. The various religious denominations present, exchanged on the meaning of interreligious dialogue from the various creeds as a way to contribute to the common good. Among other topics, a document was analyzed that will guide the behavior of faith communities in the exercise of interreligious dialogue; among its fundamental precepts stands out the citizen commitment, the attention towards the history of the nation, the cultivation of a noble spirit and the Martí’s ideology as the foundation of the work. At the close of this meeting the DrC. Enrique Alemán Gutiérrez, President of the Interreligious Platform in Cuba, addressed the participants with words of appreciation for the work done and some suggestions to further improve the work of the interreligious dialogue that has just begun in the province.
Between the 16th and the 17th of November the First Symposium on Religious Freedom of the Caribbean was held in the Dominican Republic, at the Pontifical Catholic University Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), with the participation of delegates from more than 15 countries with the objective of analyzing the importance of freedom of worship as a fundamental right related to freedom of conscience.
The purpose of the symposium was to inform and educate on the issue of religious freedom, focused on a social and academic angle; necessary to provide tools that facilitate the exchange and discussion of religious freedom, so that it can be better understood and safeguarded in the countries of the region.
Among the topics highlighted are Religious Freedom as a fundamental human right, Role of the State in the protection of religious freedom, Contribution of religion and the role of religious freedom in society and Protection of religious freedom through legislation and the legal system .
On Thursday, November 2, at the headquarters of the Yoruba Cultural Association of Cuba, the Committee met to continue the work of the Platform for Interreligious Dialogue in Cuba, which is composed of leaders of the different religious denominations present in the country. On this occasion, a balance was made of all the work carried out this year as well as the projections for the year 2018. It was a propitious reason to choose a new coordinator of this Platform, which on this occasion turned out to be the DrC. Enrique Alemán Gutiérrez. Complement of this meeting was the spiritual evening under the title “Thinking of Fidel” which was held on Friday, November 3 at the “Andrea Bernabela Zabala Ortega” Seminar of the Quisicuaba Association, an activity of high spiritual value in which people from all walks of life fraternized. religious denominations present in Cuba.
The Religious Institution Yoruba Cultural Association of Cuba was the venue on October 10 of the celebrations for the start of the independence campaign and one more anniversary of the first time the notes of the Anthem of Bayamo were played. This gala included the performance of artists such as the Raíces Profundas Company and the Rosalía de Castro Company, which interpreted representative genres of our national folklore. Representatives of the various religious manifestations attended this activity to express their most authentic Cuban identity as the highest expression of interreligious dialogue in our country.
On Saturday June 10 at the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Havana there was an academic exchange as a result of the brilliant lecture given by the distinguished Professor Mohammand Al Ruwali of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The illustrious professor gave a lecture where he highlighted the assets implicit in peace, in peaceful coexistence, in charity and in respect for others, contained in Islam, as well as in the rest of the canons of other religions. During the debate between academics and students was demonstrated the strength that comes from unity, cultural diversity and multi-ethnic dialogue, values so present in the Martian and Fidel Castro thought. Real and tangible example of the importance of living together, with everyone and for the good of all in an exercise of rights and religious freedom historical principle of the Cuban Revolution. This conference was complemented with the one given on Monday, June 12 at the Center for Psychological and Sociological Research (CIPS) with important Cuban researchers.
On Monday, August 3, a fraternal and understanding meeting among all religious denominations in Cuba was held at the Palco Hotel in Havana. First, we had a breakfast meeting and then a meeting which became a significant space for an exchange between religious leaders in favor of world peace and mutual cooperation. Besides, we expressed the great expectations we all have with the International Meeting for Interfaith Dialogue and World Peace to be held on October 16-18, 2015, in Cuba.
On Wednesday July 15, in the morning, brothers of different spiritualist institutions from several provinces, namely, Granma, Matanzas and Pinar del Río, met at the Andrea B. Zabala Ortega Seminar to promote interfaith dialogue, fraternity, brotherhood and unity among believers. This was an outstanding meeting to acknowledge the religious diversity of our project for peace. Activities of this nature will be held throughout the Island to promote the alliance among spiritualists and other religious denominations.
On June 26, in the afternoon, a friendly meeting was held with Sri Shankar, great thinker and spiritual leader, man of peace and President of “The Art of Living” Foundation from India. The meeting took place at the University of Havana. The main issues, masterly dealt with during the meeting, included life lessons of happiness, peace, joy and the importance of meditation to attain harmony with the universe and all human beings. This interesting meeting also included meditation exercises. The meeting was attended by several representatives from our Interfaith Dialogue Project, such as Dr. Enrique Alemán Gutiérrez, President of the Havana Spiritualist Federation, José Manuel Pérez Andino, President of the Yoruba Cultural Association in Cuba and Yajia Pedro Lazo, President of the Islamic League in Cuba.
On March 6, as a prelude to the International Women´s Day, a gathering of religious women took place following the dialogue promoted by the Cuban Interfaith Platform. On this occasion, PhD. Lien Lucía García Miranda, from the Quisicuaba Crossed Kardecian Spiritualist Association, gave a lecture entitled “Religious Women: strength for the Cuban family”. The lecture was followed by a harmonious panel made up by African-descendant female leaders, Islamic sisters, and Spiritualist, Christian and Buddhist women. Issues discussed included, among others, family love, affectivity, dialogue, actions, humanistic education and universal and native values invigorated by the intellect and spiritual beauty of Cuban women. This gathering became a great opportunity to sing and dance for life and human wellbeing. The gathering was brought to a close by Dr. Orlando Gutiérrez Bosa, from the Cuban Abakuá Bureau.
On January 14, in the morning, the Cuban Interfaith Platform convened a press conference to inform Cuba and the world on the holding of the International Meeting for the Interfaith Dialogue and World Peace to be held on October 16-18, 2015, at the Convention Center in Havana, Cuba. Its objective is to reflect on and exchange ideas and experiences to achieve the unity of faith women and men across the world in favor of a spiritually sustainable world. Likewise, the coming activity to celebrate Martin Luther King´s birth was announced.
Last September, a group of Cuban members of the Islamic League in Cuba traveled to Saudi Arabia. For two weeks, following the pilgrimage rituals present in the fifth principle of the Islamic religion, these brothers made this higly spiritual tour for believers and followers of Islam since, according to the faithful, it is in this ancient pilgrimage, Hajj, where Allah´s blessing is received. In front of the sacred Kaaba ( Allah´s House), the group of faithful Cubans prayed for the unity of the Cuban family, the prompt release of our Five Heros prisoners in the empire and the success and strengthening of the interfaith dialogue materialized in Cuba.
On, September 5, Friday afternoon, the Interfaith Platform held a meeting with brothers and sisters from different religious denominations, to express its feelings about the 5 Cuban Heroes, three of them still imprisoned in the Empire.
Reverend Oden Marichal, Dr. Enrique Alemán and other participants described the work which the Interfaith Platform is carrying out, as well as its functions and activities in favor of democracy. On this occasion, Father Michael Lapsley, Vice President of the Council of Churches from sister South Africa explained some of the activities and spaces he has shared since his arrival to our country as an endeavor to integrate all faith roads found in other countries as well.
On August 15, in the afternoon, a tribute gala was held at the headquarters of the Yoruba Cultural Association of Cuba, to commemorate the physical disappearance of Antonio Castañeda, President of that association since 1992. The gala was attended by several leaders from different Cuban religious denominations, accompanied by their brothers, sisters and friends who, as a large family, were united in faith. The cultural activity included artistic groups and companies with the outstanding participation of the Pinos Nuevos Company, led by Lázaro Noriega.
The Cuban Interfaith Platform, in collaboration with the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP, for its acronym in Spanish) participated in farming activities at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp in Caimito. This activity gave us the chance to work together with the Venceremos Brigade, Pastors for Peace and the Latin American-Caribbean Brigade in the agricultural tasks conducted in that locality. A fraternal meeting with all participants took place at the Conference Center there. This meeting was presided over by Fernando González LLort, Hero of the Republic of Cuba.
The main objective of this meeting was to continue working together in order to strengthen the unity and peace of Cuban families, with particular emphasis in health care. This meeting was attended by leaders of several religious denominations and some representatives from the National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Participants included Dr. Susett Pérez Parra, specialist on public policies and social participation; Carlos Lemus, Head of the Health Promotion Department; and Dr. Rosaida Ochoa Soto, Director of that Center, who gave a master lecture on the basic elements of health care, risk perception in specific behaviors, stigma and discrimination reduction, and the role to be played by both the family and the community together with religious institutions so as to promote life. This meeting was aimed at strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and fraternity among all participants. Afterwards, the schedule for future activities to be conducted by the Cuban Interfaith Platform throughout the year was analyzed.
This July 14th, at night, the Cuban Interfaith Platform, represented by some of its members, together with brothers and sisters from different religious beliefs, like Reverend Marcial Miguel Hernández, President of the Free Evangelical Church, as well as members of the San Egidio community, among others, participated in the Iftar (Arabic: إفطار), the night meal breaking the Ramadan Fast, in an ecumenical gesture. This gathering gave us the opportunity to strengthen our bonds of friendship and fraternity with brothers and sisters like Ala Faisal Shotah from Yemen and Fawaz Alkolifi from Saudi Arabia. The activity was held at the Arab Union of Cuba, headed by Brother Yahya Pedro Lazo. In the Iftar, during the Ramadan, the community traditionally gathers to break the Ramadan Fast. The Iftar takes place immediately after the Maghrib (sunset) prayer. To keep up the tradition, a date is the first food taken when breaking the Ramadan Fast.
This event resulted in a fraternal gathering held in the morning of Wednesday, July 16, at the Havana Spiritualist Federation.
This Saturday, March 22, an Ecumenical Gala of the Cuban Interfaith Platform was held at the Quisicuaba Association Headquarters for the liberation of the five Cuban brothers unfairly imprisoned by the empire.
The opening statement of the Gala was delivered by Canon Reverend Oden Marichal, coordinator of the Platform, who stated the objective of the Gala. Relatives of the Cuban Five, as well as presidents and members of the different religious denominations in Cuba, attended the same.
The Gala was marked by a colorful atmosphere and the quality of the performance of the artistic groups, ratifying the ties of brotherhood among Cubans in the struggle for justice, peace, and love.
An ecumenical celebration for the life of Nelson Mandela was held on December 15, at 8:00 p.m. in the “Ebenecer” Church located in the Municipality of Marianao. Leaders of different religions in Cuba, members also of the Cuban Pastoral Platform, expressed soulful words about how Mandela’s life is and will always be an example. Dr. Enrique Alemán Gutiérrez, director of our project and his wife, Lien García Miranda, attended the celebration in representation of the Havana Federation of Spiritualists.
The Fourth Meeting of Women Leaders of African-origin Religions in Cuba began on November 8, at the House of Africa Museum. The excellent opening speech was delivered by Dr. Enrique Alemán Gutiérrez, President of the Spiritualist Quisicuaba Association, who in a touching manner dealt with some of the difficulties being faced by Cuban women regarding all forms of discrimination and violence, on which we are working. He also highlighted the achievements of women during all these years of Revolution. An important aspect stressed in his impeccable address was the excellence of Cuban women of the 21st Century, present on a par with men, in every space of society and family, thus passing on the African heritage shared by the more than 50 lady participants, accompanied by some gentlemen who voiced positive opinions during a very rich debate.
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