Religion: The Little Prophet of Haiti

Tumult over an activist priest threatens both church and state

In one of Haiti's cruelest slums, scores of quasi-government thugs known as Tonton Macoutes, wearing telltale red armbands, stormed into a crowded Sunday Mass, attacking indiscriminately with knives, shooting wildly and torching the church. The toll of the rampage: 13 worshipers slain, more than 70 wounded and a gutted church building. But the apparent object of the attack, Father Jean- Bertrand Aristide, somehow managed to escape, as he had in five previous attempts on his life.

Within a week, outrage over that Sept. 11 attack at St. John Bosco Church in the capital of Port-au-Prince provoked an army revolt that installed...

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