Havana, Cuba, Jan 26, 2004 / 22:00 pm
In a letter sent to the Orthodox Archbishop of New York, Demetrios, Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas of the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba has asked the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church, Bartholomew I, who is visiting that country, to express his support for peaceful Cuban dissidents.
Payá was not able to personally deliver the letter to Bartholomew, who arrived on the island to consecrate the recently completely orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas, which was completely financed by the government of Fidel Castro.
According to a spokesman of the Orthodox community in Cuba, Bartholomew I did not meet with any Cuban dissidents because “it was not on the schedule.”
In the letter, Payá welcomed Bartholomew to Cuba, “a Christian land that in recent decades has suffered from an attempt to de-Christianize its memory, its life and its culture by a regimen that knew that in order to subject all its people, it had to first uproot the name of God from their hearts.”