Many Haitians practice voodoo religion

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - While an estimated 80 percent of Haitians are Roman Catholics, many also practice Voodoo -- a blend of Christian teachings and African rituals that was declared an official religion in Haiti in 2003.

Its adherents include Port-au-Prince hotel owner Richard Morse, whose mother was a Voodoo priestess.

Morse says he prays daily, and he insists that Voodoo is not sorcery as its critics claim.

Some followers of Voodoo say the devastation of key symbols of power in last week's earthquake was punishment for corrupt leaders
who have allowed the mostly light-skinned elite to enrich themselves while the black majority suffers.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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