HAITI: Le Bon Blanc

During a strike in Le Havre in 1926, a 16-year-old French Communist roughneck named Roger Riou battled cops in the streets. Thrown into reform school, seemingly incorrigible, he soon taught the Marxist gospel to 100 other inmates and then led them in an unsuccessful attempt to escape. That episode landed him in solitary confinement, manacled wrist and ankle. Last week, on Haiti's Ile de la Tortue (Turtle Island), Roger Riou was no longer fighting cops. Instead, he was ministering to the people's spiritual needs and physical ailments. The ex-kid brawler is now a Roman Catholic priest as well as...

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