Respect for religious diversity and differing affiliations was widespread at all levels of society and in all regions, including within families and communities. There were reports, however, of occasional conflict requiring police intervention between Voodoo practitioners and Christians. In general these were peacefully resolved with assistance from government officials and local authorities.
A conflict arose in Baname, in central Benin, among members of the Catholic Church, Voodoo officials, and leaders of the newly created Church of Baname. Voodoo followers in that region complained that leaders of the Church of Baname made public statements denigrating Voodoo practices. The Catholic Church stated the Church of Baname engaged in non-authorized use of symbols and vestments belonging to the Catholic Church. Senior government officials traveled to Baname on January 30, and on January 31, the Council of Ministers (cabinet-equivalent) published a statement underscoring the constitutionally-based right of citizens to religious freedom and urging the Church of Baname and the Catholic Church to peacefully resolve their differences. The parties did so.
On May 3, Muslim, Christian, and traditional religious leaders attended a launch ceremony for a book written by a prominent imam of the central mosque of Cotonou on interfaith dialogue and Islam. Religious leaders participating in the event delivered messages in support of religious tolerance in the country.
Interfaith dialogue occurred regularly. The National Framework for Interfaith Dialogue, which included the major religious groups, held quarterly sessions to advance interfaith cooperation.