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Haiti Celebrates 200th Anniversary of Protestantism

Valéry Bennett

National Palace Correspondent

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, HT (sentinel.ht) – On Thursday, several thousand people came together to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Protestantism in Haiti. Welcomed into Haiti in 1816 by former President Alexandre Pétion, President Jocelerme Privert renewed the nation’s welcome and celebrated the faith’s works.

Discourse of the President of the Republic HE Jocelerme Privert during the celebration ceremony of 200 years of Protestantism in Haiti. Thursday, August 18, 2016

At the National Palace, His Excellency, President Jocelerme Privert, accompanied by Their Excellencies, Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles and Chancellor Pierrot Delian, participated in a celebration of the 200th anniversary Protestantism in Haiti.

The ceremony gathered several hundred Christians from Protestant churches throughout Haiti, missions, organizations and leagues. The ceremonies were organized by the National Commission for Commemoration of the Bicentennial Protestantism in Haiti (CNCBPH), a body created for the occasion by the Protestant Federation of Haiti (FPH), chaired by Pastor Sylvain Exantus.

“I am pleased, as was President Pétion in 1816, to welcome you to the National Palace,” said President Privert who invited Protestants to continue their collaboration for the development of education and the promotion of social peace in Haiti. He “expressed the hope that the Protestant sector is no longer treated as a poor relation,” and that “the State will do what is necessary to contribute to the development of Protestantism in the country.”

Protestantism is a form of Christian faith and practice which originated with the Protestant Reformation, [a] a movement against what its followers considered to be errors in the Roman Catholic Church. It is one of the three major divisions of Christendom, together with Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy.

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About The Author

Valéry Bennett is a graduate student of Digital Publishing at ESCP, Paris. He is of Haitian descent and participates in the biennial mission trip with his church.