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Religious persecution gone now in Cuba, professor says

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After long years of severe repression, the Cuban government now imposes no restrictions on freedom of worship, and religious freedoms have been broadened, a Cuban professor said Wednesday.

"One can't really speak of religious persecution in Cuba today," said Enrique Lopez Oliva, a professor at the University of Havana, who is on a tour of several U.S. cities to talk about the impact of Pope John Paul II's visit to Cuba in January.Lopez Oliva, who co-edits an independent magazine, noted that during Holy Week in April, religious pilgrimages appeared in Cuba once again, "without any difficulty or barrier." He added that he teaches at a Bible study group that attracts about 300 students each Saturday.