Founders of Church of Babalú Ayé, Carmen Rodriguez, left, and son, Ernesto Pichardo, right, hold hands as Pichardo announces the unification of his church with Kola Ifa Miami. Ceremony organizers say the partnership is aimed at making Miami and Cuban's Lukumi, or Santeria, community more mainstream and less mysterious to the public and to differentiate the faith from back-to-Africa practitioners.
Founders of Church of Babalú Ayé, Carmen Rodriguez, left, and son, Ernesto Pichardo, right, hold hands as Pichardo announces the unification of his church with Kola Ifa Miami. Ceremony organizers say the partnership is aimed at making Miami and Cuban's Lukumi, or Santeria, community more mainstream and less mysterious to the public and to differentiate the faith from back-to-Africa practitioners. CARL JUSTE MIAMI HERALD STAFF
Founders of Church of Babalú Ayé, Carmen Rodriguez, left, and son, Ernesto Pichardo, right, hold hands as Pichardo announces the unification of his church with Kola Ifa Miami. Ceremony organizers say the partnership is aimed at making Miami and Cuban's Lukumi, or Santeria, community more mainstream and less mysterious to the public and to differentiate the faith from back-to-Africa practitioners. CARL JUSTE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Miami Santería faiths join forces

October 11, 2014 10:57 PM

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