November 14th, 2012
03:57 PM ET

Harlem churches attract European tourists to worship

(CNN) – On any given Sunday in Harlem, visitors might be surprised to see who is attending black churches.

Tourists are lining up to worship in Harlem, where black churches are becoming big, inspirational attractions for white European travelers.

It's a growing trend, and a cultural experience that's uniquely American. CNN's Jason Carroll reports.

Read more from CNN's In America Blog

Soledad O'Brien's documentary "Who is Black in America?" airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on December 9 on CNN.

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  1. Javier Goodvin

    Despite its popularity, Brazil is largely unknown to a lot of people. Other spots around the world have taken the front seat in the tourism area which is incredibly sad when you consider how much Brazil has to offer the tourist. No matter who you are there is something for you in Brazil. The culture is enough to please anyone and the many tourist attractions make for vacations that will be talked about for years to come...

    Our own blog site

    April 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
  2. AMP

    Do we all remeber the Escape from Jone's Town in Guyana. How he killed 1093 innocent people? In stead of donating to Churches and making pastors rich, people should start donating to Hospitals and Schools.

    November 28, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • Gaian

      no one in Jones town was innocent
      ignorant people deserve what they get
      their is no excuse for stupidity

      November 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      come know brother, at least try and teach them, they were prevented from learning, and the kids were pretty innocent. well beside little Eric, that boy waw a sociopath.

      November 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  3. John Spurlock

    These are the decendents of Europeans who thought that Public Floggings and Hangings were fun tourist attractions.

    Those are the ONLY standards by which a Harlem Church Service is a step up...

    November 19, 2012 at 9:27 am |
  4. Stanleysteamengine

    What...5 Germans happened upon a religious revival in Harlem while on holiday this last Summer? Seriously, this is SO not newsworthy, even under "Opinion."

    November 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm |

    goons, our mosques in New York attract lot of FBI, Homeland Security tourists too, ignorant.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...

      November 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • TrollAlert

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      This troll is not a christian.

      November 16, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.-

      November 16, 2012 at 11:10 am |
  7. Akira

    I have a taste for Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and spam.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • God hates shellfish

      God hates that!

      November 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Akira

      God hates Spam?

      November 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • God hates shellfish

      Lobster, its an abomination according to the bible. No lie.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
  8. rocketscientist

    I will take the #4 combo at Taco Bell

    November 15, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
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