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Cuban Religion Yearns for Recognition
Cubans who practice Santeria hope Pope Francis formally recognizes their religion during his visit.
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
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September 15, 2015
School teacher Niurka Mola, 50, holds a doll which symbolises the African sea goddess Yemaya before a...
Havana, Cuba
School teacher Niurka Mola, 50, holds a doll which symbolises the African sea goddess Yemaya before a...
School teacher Niurka Mola, 50, holds a doll which symbolises the African sea goddess Yemaya before a ceremony in her home, a house known as Cabildo, or religious house by Santeria tradition, in downtown Havana, August 7, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. P REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18NL
September 15, 2015
Santeria practitioner Miguel Angel, 36, sings religious songs at his home in downtown Havana, August...
Havana, Cuba
Santeria practitioner Miguel Angel, 36, sings religious songs at his home in downtown Havana
Santeria practitioner Miguel Angel, 36, sings religious songs at his home in downtown Havana, August 28, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18N7
September 15, 2015
Gilian Caballero, 8, holds a pigeon for sale used for Santeria rituals in downtown Havana, August 4,...
Havana, Cuba
Gilian Caballero, 8, holds a pigeon for sale used during Santeria rituals in downtown Havana
Gilian Caballero, 8, holds a pigeon for sale used for Santeria rituals in downtown Havana, August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MN
September 15, 2015
Santeria practitioners undergo a brief fit of spirit-induced convulsions during a ceremony to attract...
Havana, Cuba
Santeria practitioners undergo a brief fit of spirit-induced convulsions during a ceremony to attract...
Santeria practitioners undergo a brief fit of spirit-induced convulsions during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MA
September 15, 2015
Public park caretaker Idalberto Diaz, 55, rests in a bed beside his 6-month-old granddaughter Lia, before...
Havana, Cuba
Public park caretaker Idalberto Diaz, 55, rests in a bed beside his 6-month-old granddaughter Lia, before...
Public park caretaker Idalberto Diaz, 55, rests in a bed beside his 6-month-old granddaughter Lia, before a ceremony in a house known as Cabildo, or religious house by Santeria tradition, in downtown Havana, August 7, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18M2
September 15, 2015
Santeria practitioner Yuris Landis, a 27-year-old nurse, smokes a cigar during a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban...
Havana, Cuba
Santeria practitioner Yuris Landis, a 27-year-old nurse, smokes a cigar during a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban...
Santeria practitioner Yuris Landis, a 27-year-old nurse, smokes a cigar during a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18NI
September 15, 2015
Followers of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria pray for the spirits in front of an altar and an image...
Havana, Cuba
Followers of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria pray for the spirits in front of an altar and an image...
Followers of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria pray for the spirits in front of an altar and an image of Jesus Christ before a ceremony in a house known as Cabildo, or religious house by Santeria tradition, in downtown Havana, August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MI
September 15, 2015
Coffeeshop worker Yudi Linares, 37, takes a selfie during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured),...
Havana, Cuba
Coffeeshop worker Yudi Linares, 37, takes a selfie during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured),...
Coffeeshop worker Yudi Linares, 37, takes a selfie during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing a year-long rite of passage in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, Havana, July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MJ
September 15, 2015
Yensy Villarreal, 9, (C), who lives in Miami, dances in the backyard of his home with friends in celebration...
Havana, Cuba
Yensy Villarreal, 9, who lives in Miami, dances in the backyard of his home with friends in celebration...
Yensy Villarreal, 9, (C), who lives in Miami, dances in the backyard of his home with friends in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing a year-long rite of passage in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, Havana, July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18N8
September 15, 2015
Santeria's sacred symbols are seen in a house during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors...
Havana, Cuba
Santeria's sacred symbols are seen in a house during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors...
Santeria's sacred symbols are seen in a house during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18N2
September 15, 2015
Police officers check a recently robbed shop of Santeria articles in downtown Havana, August 21, 2015....
Havana, Cuba
Police officers check a recently robbed shop of Santeria articles in downtown Havana
Police officers check a recently robbed shop of Santeria articles in downtown Havana, August 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MD
September 15, 2015
A woman reacts during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a...
Havana, Cuba
A woman reacts during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing...
A woman reacts during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing a year-long rite of passage in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, Havana, July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18NH
September 15, 2015
A Santeria practitioner dances during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance...
Havana, Cuba
A Santeria practitioner dances during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance...
A Santeria practitioner dances during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MT
September 15, 2015
A girl dressed in white in accordance with the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria stands at her doorstep in...
Havana, Cuba
A girl dressed in white in accordance with the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria stands at her doorstep in...
A girl dressed in white in accordance with the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria stands at her doorstep in downtown Havana, September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MF
September 15, 2015
People dance during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero...
Havana, Cuba
People dance during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing...
People dance during the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing a year-long rite of passage in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, Havana, July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MY
September 15, 2015
A cactus, believed by Santeria followers to give protection for the house, hangs on the door of a house...
Havana, Cuba
A cactus, believed by Santeria followers to give protection for the house, hangs on the door of a house...
A cactus, believed by Santeria followers to give protection for the house, hangs on the door of a house in downtown Havana, August 28, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18M1
September 15, 2015
People prepare to take part into a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria to attract spirits of...
Havana, Cuba
People prepare to take part into a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria to attract spirits of...
People prepare to take part into a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18LM
September 15, 2015
Jaimee Vilarino, 3, (L), plays with a mobile phone during a party for Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured),...
Havana, Cuba
Jaimee Vilarino, 3, plays with a mobile phone during a party for Yensy Villarreal, 9, in celebration...
Jaimee Vilarino, 3, (L), plays with a mobile phone during a party for Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing a year-long rite of passage in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, Havana, July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18M8
September 15, 2015
People take part in the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero...
Havana, Cuba
People take part in the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing...
People take part in the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing a year-long rite of passage in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, Havana, July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18M3
September 15, 2015
Santeria practitioner Adriana Millarez, 26, gets some fresh air during a ceremony to attract spirits...
Havana, Cuba
Santeria practitioner Adriana Millarez, 26, gets some fresh air during a ceremony to attract spirits...
Santeria practitioner Adriana Millarez, 26, gets some fresh air during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18LZ
September 15, 2015
Offerings for spirits are seen in a house during a Santeria ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors...
Havana, Cuba
Offerings for spirits are seen in a house during a Santeria ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors...
Offerings for spirits are seen in a house during a Santeria ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MS
September 15, 2015
Dancers Leannis Ortega, 20, (C), and Nairobis Placers, 20, (L), take part in the party of Yensy Villarreal,...
Havana, Cuba
Dancers take part in the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing...
Dancers Leannis Ortega, 20, (C), and Nairobis Placers, 20, (L), take part in the party of Yensy Villarreal, 9, (not pictured), in celebration for becoming a Santero after passing a year-long rite of passage in the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, Havana, July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18N0
September 15, 2015
A Santeria practioner rests after a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance...
Havana, Cuba
A Santeria practitioner rests after a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance...
A Santeria practioner rests after a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MQ
September 15, 2015
Santeria believers get some fresh air on a balcony during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors...
Havana, Cuba
Santeria believers get some fresh air on a balcony during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors...
Santeria believers get some fresh air on a balcony during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18LK
September 15, 2015
An altar produced for a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria to attract spirits of dead ancestors...
Havana, Cuba
An altar produced for a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria to attract spirits of dead ancestors...
An altar produced for a ceremony of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance is seen in a house in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
POPE-CUBA/SANTERIA
RTS18MX
September 15, 2015
Santeria practitioner Lyan Hernandez, 36, (C) undergoes a brief fit of spirit-induced convulsions during...
Havana, Cuba
Santeria practitioner Lyan Hernandez, 36, undergoes a brief fit of spirit-induced convulsions during...
Santeria practitioner Lyan Hernandez, 36, (C) undergoes a brief fit of spirit-induced convulsions during a ceremony to attract spirits of dead ancestors to ask for guidance in downtown Havana, August 18, 2015. Santeria adherents can only hope the upcoming visit from Pope Francis will somehow nudge the Church toward recognizing the millions of Cubans who identify with both religious traditions. Picture taken on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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