Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
January 18, 2010
Bishop among Haiti Dead
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict prayed for victims of a massive earthquake in Haiti and urged the international community to provide generous assistance to the stricken population of the Caribbean nation.
The victims included Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot of Port-au-Prince.
"The lifeless body of Archbishop Joseph Miot of Port-au-Prince was found this morning under the rubble of the archbishops' residence," L'Osservatore Romano said in a Page 1 story Jan. 13.
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican's apostolic nuncio in Haiti, told the Vatican missionary news agency Fides: "Port-au-Prince is completely devastated. The cathedral and the archbishop's residence, all the big churches, all the seminaries are reduced to rubble."
Pope Benedict made his appeal at the end of his general audience Jan. 13, some 12 hours after a magnitude 7 earthquake struck Haiti, toppling buildings and causing widespread destruction.
The number of casualties was not immediately known, but local officials called it a major catastrophe.
Pope Benedict said the Catholic Church's charity organizations would immediately move into action to assist those most in need.
Auza said he had toured the capital on the morning after the earthquake.
"I found priests and nuns on the street, who no longer have homes. The rector of the seminary survived, and so did the dean, but the seminarians are under the rubble. Everywhere there are cries coming from under the rubble," he said.
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