- They cast snail shells to read their fortunes, proudly wear
colorful necklaces to ward off illness, dress all in white and dance in
"bata" drum ceremonies.
But although their Afro-Cuban Santeria religion owes much to Roman
Catholicism, many are decidedly unenthusiastic about Pope Benedict XVI's
March 26-28 tour of Cuba, even if it is being hailed as a watershed
moment for a church seeking to boost its influence on this Communist-run
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