In Cuba, church and state forever at odds
Here is a stunning photo essay on the relations of church and state in Cuba, and its implications during the last visit of Pope Benedict XVI.
According to Tim Padgett, via TIME:
As Tomás Munita’s somber but arresting photos point out to us, both the island’s secular and religious worlds are still in a state of disrepair.
Background: Ever since the Soviet Union collapsed, Fidel and Raúl Castro have looked to the church and its charitable missions for help. Now, bishops have emerged as political as well as spiritual players, and the church itself now is nothing less than the first and only alternative institution to the Cuban Revolution.
Image: Tomas Munita, for TIME.