Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Thousands attend religious summit in Haiti mountainside

BOIS-NEUF, Haiti (AP) -- The Christian pilgrims crowded on to a barren mountainside in central Haiti by the thousands, seeking favors and spiritual renewal.

Organized over the weekend by Our Lady of Fatima Bible Center, the three-day summit was among the largest of its kind in the Caribbean nation in recent years. Although the center is Roman Catholic, the event had an evangelical feel, and some elements of Voodoo.

The gathering in the village of Bois-Neuf was called "Prayer, Penance and Conversion," and participants came with hopes of a better life for themselves or others.

Some brought their passports in hopes that their prayers might help them secure a visa to leave impoverished Haiti. Others held aloft photos of sick family members in hopes that their prayers would cure them.

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