‘Radio El Sonido de la Esperanza’, the first Catholic radio station in Cuba, marked its first anniversary earlier this year.
Established by the Catholic Youth Network (RCJ), to broadcast online 24 hours a day, through the internet, the station presents radio programs produced by the Church of Cuba and some from other parts of the world, Deacon Rubén de la Trinidad, founder and one of the directors of the Catholic Youth Line (RCJ) told the Inter Press Service.
Established in February 2019, the RCJ is a virtual community with a presence on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, Telegram and Whatsapp; which has the support of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba (COCC).
The initiative aims to train and inform the Cuban Catholic community through social networks, build bridges and connect its members in the Caribbean country or abroad, as well as encourage young people to make a concrete commitment to Christian life, according to the teachings of the Church and its social doctrine.
Although the Church in Cuba can access the mass media, until now it didn’t have its own television channel or radio station, Rubèn de la Trinidad, from the Congregation of the Pauline Mission sai
The Catholic Church in Cuba does have has some printed publications and bulletins, mainly limited to parishioners. In some of the 11 dioceses in the country, groups of lay people have created sound programs that are circulated through alternative channels, such as USB sticks for PC. But now the internet has arrives in almost all homes, Cuban Catholics are enjoying their new radio station.