Younger Hispanics Embracing Protestantism

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by Sherri Day
St. Petersburg Times

Aida Aviles' heart aches. Her 1-year-old grandson Elijah has not yet been baptized. And two of her granddaughters will never don white dresses and veils for their first communions.

In some ways, Aviles says, it's the desecration of her dream.

The 52-year-old grandmother of five comes from a long line of die-hard Roman Catholics. But a few years ago, her daughter left to worship in a nondenominational Protestant congregation. And Aviles' son also has embraced the Protestant church.

The moves upset the spiritual balance in the heavily Catholic family, an extended clan of more than 100 that draws its roots from Puerto Rico.

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