Church News from Washington by Mark Tooley

Church News from Washington

by Mark Tooley

NCC Delegation Visits Fidel Castro

A National Council of Churches (NCC) delegation visited President Fidel Castro in June, enjoying six hours of conversation and dinner with the long-term dictator. “We congratulated Cuba on the tremendous growth of the churches,” said NCC General Secretary Joan Campbell. “We are obviously encouraged not only by the strength of the churches but also by their energy. The President affirmed that growth and said he would encourage more.” Castro expressed enthusiasm for a major “ecumenical event” to be held in Cuba. The NCC delegation promised to redouble its lobbying to overturn US sanctions against Castro’s regime. Thom White Wolf Fassett, General Secretary of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, said he is working to dispel “the myths that have been created around Cuba. . . . I become the student when I come to Cuba.”

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Mark Tooley directs the United Methodist committee of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (www.ird-renew.org) in Washington, D.C.

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