Religious Haitians see hand of God in earthquake

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Deeply religious Haitians see the hand of God in the destruction wrought by the massive earthquake.

Religious leaders says the quake is evidence that God wants change.

But exactly what change God wants depends on the faith. Some Christians say it's a sign that Haitians must deepen their faith. Some Voodoo followers see God's judgment on corruption among the country's mostly light-skinned elite.

The Rev. Eric Toussaint told a congregation gathered outside a ruined cathedral today the earthquake "is a sign from God, saying that we must recognize his power." He said Haitians "need to reinvent themselves, to find a new path to God."

Some followers of Voodoo, practiced alongside Roman Catholicism in Haiti, say the devastation of key symbols of power is punishment for corrupt leaders who have allowed the mostly light-skinned elite to enrich themselves while the black majority suffers.

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