HAVANA (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church in Cuba has issued a rare pastoral letter calling for political reform in tandem with social and economic changes already underway.
The document from the island's Conference of Bishops urges authorities to bring about a political opening that includes "the right to diversity with respect to thought."
The Communist Party is the only one allowed on the island. Cuba does not recognize any legal status of opposition groups, which it accuses of being financed from overseas and trying to undermine the revolution.
The bishops also applaud President Raul Castro's reforms, but say much remains to be done. They highlight low salaries in professional and government jobs as an example.
It is the first pastoral letter issued by the Conference of Bishops since 1993.
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