Port-au-Prince Earthquake: Archbishop Killed, Cathedral Destroyed

Vatican Radio and the Catholic News Agency report that Archbishop Serge Miot was among the many victims of yesterday’s earthquake.

According to the brief report, his body was found in the rubble of the archbishop’s office. They also reported that the Vicar General, Msgr. Benoit, was still missing.

According to the Vatican’s Fides news agency, Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, Archbishop Bernardito Auza was reported as saying:

“Port-au-Prince is totally devastated. The cathedral, the Archbishop’s Office, all of the big churches, all of the seminaries have been reduced to rubble. The same luck for the Ministry buildings, the Presidential Palace, the schools. The Parish Priest of the Cathedral, who was spared, told me that the archbishop of Port-au-Prince would have died under the rubble, together with hundreds of seminarians and priests that are under the ruins.”

The historic cathedral of Port-au-Prince, an 18th century building, has collapsed, as have many other church’s through the city.

5 Responses to Port-au-Prince Earthquake: Archbishop Killed, Cathedral Destroyed

  1. Donald R. McClarey says:

    Obviously Haiti is going to require a huge amount of assistance. I’ve made a contribution to a charity for Haitian relief and I would urge everyone who can afford to do so to make contributions in the face of this terrible disaster.

    Our military is on the move to lend a hand.


  2. For the Archbishop & all those who’ve passed away because of the earthquake,

    Réquiem ætérnam dona eis Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat eis. Requiéscant in pace. Amen.

  3. Donna V. says:

    The magnitude of this disaster is difficult to grasp. God be with the Haitians in their neediest hour.

  4. Michael John says:

    My prayers are with all those who fell victim to this disaster.My God be with the Haitians in their neediest hour.

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