Cuba: Purging the Baptists

Castro has never made any secret of his antipathy to the church. In 1961 he took over all Catholic schools, banned religious processions, even forced priests to obtain work permits to say Mass.

Any troublesome ministers or priests he could not drive out of the country, he simply arrested and expelled. Last week, in one of his most far-reaching and irrational purges of the clergy to date, Castro jailed 40 Baptist ministers and 13 Baptist laymen, including two Americans: the Rev. Herbert Caudill, 61, a missionary in Cuba for 35 years and head of the 9,000-member Baptist Convention of Western...

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