January 24, 2011

In front of a national cathedral that lay in rubble, Catholic leaders marked the anniversary of Haiti's deadly earthquake by praying for its victims and calling for reconstruction of this tattered country.

Throughout the earthquake-torn capital, Haitians flocked to churches for prayer services Jan. 12, the anniversary of the earthquake.

"This is a day for us to remember the people we lost, but also it's a day to be thankful that we made it through this year," said Pierre Jean as she sat on a blanket in front of a UNICEF tent.

She paused a moment, holding back tears.

"It was a horrible year."

Jean's brother and mother died when their home collapsed in the magnitude 7 quake that killed at least 230,000 and left more than one million homeless.

Meanwhile, Pope Benedict sent a $1.2 million contribution to help in Haiti`s recovery.