Independent Cuban Review Turns 10

HAVANA, JULY 19, 2004 ( One of the few independent reviews in Cuba has reached a milestone: its 10th anniversary.

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The publication, Vitral, is published by the Center of Civic and Religious Formation of the Diocese of Pinar del Rio.

The socio-cultural review is directed by agriculturalist Dagoberto Valdes, a member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, who in the past has been sentenced to forced labor because of his civic and religious activities.

Vitral tries to «offer an open and pluralist venue to foster freedom of expression, public debate of ideas and proposals, and integral human formation inspired in Christianity,» Valdes explained.

Bishop José Siro González Bacallao, who sponsors the review, recalled that the publication’s task «has not been easy» because «the man of today has serious difficulties in understanding that light is very necessary to find freedom and that freedom is imperative to value light.»

The Center of Civic and Religious Formation was established in the wake of a 1991 bishops’ study that found the typical Cuban to be «a depersonalized being … uprooted and discouraged.»

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