U.S. priests: Spiritual costs of Cuban embargo have been high

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August 19, 2015

A vehicle is parked next to the National Capitol Building in Havana in this Dec. 26, 2014, file photo. The Vatican played a key role in restoring U.S.-Cuban diplomatic ties. (CNS photo/Alejandro Ernesto, EPA) See CUBA-POPE-EMBARGO Aug. 19, 2015.

A vehicle is parked next to the National Capitol Building in Havana in this Dec. 26, 2014, file photo. The Vatican played a key role in restoring U.S.-Cuban diplomatic ties. (CNS photo/Alejandro Ernesto, EPA)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. trade embargo against Cuba turns 55 in October, and its effects are clear in the dilapidated buildings, scant food supply of Cuban stores and infrastructure around the island.

But what’s not easy to see is the spiritual cost. Trinitarian Father Juan Molina, director of the U.S. bishops’ Office for the Church in Latin America, said that spiritual cost has been great.

“The embargo has literally put a block between two hands, two sister churches working together,” Father Molina said. “The church in the United States is very much a missionary church that goes to very different places around the world, not only to spend time with their brothers and sisters, but also to help them.”

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