CUBANS PRAY FOR RELEASE OF PRISONER ON JUBILEE DAY
| HAVANA (CWNews.com) - Cuban dissidents recently released from Communist prisons prayed
on Sunday for the release of another dissident from prison on the day set aside by the Catholic
Church as the Jubilee Day for Prisoners.
"It was very important for us to be able to participate in this way, to speak our faith," said Marta
Beatriz Roque, who was freed with two others in late May. "Above all, we need to pray for our
brother in the cause, Vladimiro Roca." The three had attended a Mass in the Church of the Virgin of
Charity of Cobre with Cardinal Jaime Ortega of Havana.
It was the first time that Roque, lawyer Rene Gomez Manzano, and engineer Felix Bonne had been
seen together in public since their release. Roque said the government did not impede their
attendance of the Mass. The three and Roca had been arrested in 1997 for distributing pamphlets
critical of the government.