.- A parish in the Cuban city of GÃ¼ines has established a prison ministry to assist political prisoners in the region, according to a report from the Cubanet News Agency.
Volunteers visit political prisoners and pray with them and their families for their swift release. They also distribute pamphlets, books and Bibles to prisoners.
Catholics in GÃ¼ines, encouraged by local pastor Fr. Silvano Pedroso, support the families of prisoners by donating clothing, medicine and first aid products.
Among the prisoners being assisted by the ministry include Miguel GalvÃ¡n GutiÃ©rrez, sentenced to 26 years; independent journalist JosÃ© Ubaldo Izquierdo, also from GÃ¼ines, sentenced to 15 years; JosÃ© Patricio de Armas, president of the December 10th Human Rights Movement, sentenced to 18 months in prison and accused of painting anti-government slogans on the sides of his house.