Religion plays key role in lives of Haitians

Religion plays key role in lives of Haitians


6 News Reporter

BOUCAN-CARRE, Haiti (WATE) - On the second day of the trip, nuns from the Saint Michele Catholic Church greeted the members of the outreach program.

One of the biggest parts of life in Boucan-Carre is religion. The Roman Catholic Church is one of the largest churches in the country. Eighty percent of Haitians are Catholic.

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In Boucan-Carre, mass is held every morning at 6:00.

"Their faith is key to their character, and I think you've seen how warm and friendly they are," says Dianne Durand, Haiti Outreach Program finance chairman. "They have a strong religious, spirited faith."

Mass is given in Creole, the country's native language.

The Haiti Outreach Program has worked hard to improve the church in Haiti.   

"The youth have come down several times," Durand said. "We worked with the people in painting inside of the church. We have given funds to replace the benches. We raised funds for them to raise the altar and put tiles in the front.

After mass, our group met another religious man in the community, the Voodoo priest. He allowed our cameras to come in his home.  
Two thirds of Haitians practice Voodoo, combined with their other Christian beliefs.

In Boucan-Carre, there are 10 Voodoo priests. The priest's home we visited had a Voodoo doll, a coffin and a human skull.

The Voodoo priest is known to commune with spirits. His home is decorated with white and red paint which represents different parts of the religion.    

"If people have a problem and they come to do something for him, like a treatment, if they don't come back and pay, they die," said our translator, Johnny.

Some other churches in Boucan-Carre include Baptists and Seventh Day Adventists.

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