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WCC welcomes Cuba-US reconciliation

18 December 2014

Following the positive developments in relations between Cuba and the United States announced yesterday by their governments, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed his gratitude for the process.

In a statement issued on 18 December from the WCC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Tveit said, “The World Council of Churches has long accompanied member churches and partners in both countries in their search for reconciliation and justice, including for the release of political prisoners. Through many years of witness and advocacy, we have hoped and prayed that this day would come.”

Tveit added: “The fact that the long-held hope seems now to be reflected in political action – and long-detained prisoners are now released to their families – is a sign on our pilgrimage of justice and peace: a sign that despite long and bitter divisions, peace and reconciliation are always possible.”

Tveit concluded: “Now it will be the responsibility and duty of both governments to ensure that the hopes so greatly encouraged by yesterday’s announcements are realized, and peace between these communities experienced as a reality. At this Christmas time, I pray for rapid progress on this path.”

WCC member churches in Cuba

WCC member churches in the United States

WCC Assembly resolution urging improved United States - Cuba relations and lifting of economic sanctions

US churches urge Obama to hold dialogue with Cuba (WCC press release of 22 May 2014)