Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez, himself of Cuban-American heritage, will be the main celebrant and homilist at a Mass of Solidarity for Cuba and the Cuban people on Sunday, Aug. 8 at 6:30 P.m. at Holy Innocents Church, 1337 East Hunting Park Avenue in Philadelphia.

The Mass follows recent protests on the island nation in response to civil unrest. Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Deliman will concelebrate. All are welcome to attend.

Music will be provided by Cuban classical pianist and composer Tony Sala and soprano Tina Fernandes.

Archbishop Pérez recently joined other Cuban-American bishops in expressing “solidarity with the Cuban people in their quest for responses to their human rights and needs. We are deeply troubled by the aggressive reaction of the government to the peaceful manifestations, recognizing that ‘violence engenders violence.’”

The bishops voiced support for “those detained because they have voiced their opinions. We pray for their families and call for their immediate release.”