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Catholics line up to enter the large Catholic church for a night time mass in Ville Bonheur during an annual pilgrimmage held there each July. The festival is shared by Catholics and voodoo practioners as the root of the festival stems from a vision of the Virgin Mary at the waterfall. The practice of voodoo overlaps with Christianity in Haiti, where practioners were historically forced to hide their lwas by disguising them as Catholic saints to avoid persecution.

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Catholics line up to enter the large Catholic church for a night time mass in Ville Bonheur during an annual pilgrimmage held there each July. The festival is shared by Catholics and voodoo practioners as the root of the festival stems from a vision of the Virgin Mary at the waterfall. The practice of voodoo overlaps with Christianity in Haiti, where practioners were historically forced to hide their lwas by disguising them as Catholic saints to avoid persecution.