This is a drawing of the new Sacred Heart Church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

April 9, 2012

One of the iconic symbols of the Catholic Church in Haiti's earthquake-battered capital will be rebuilt starting this year under a program administering millions of dollars in donations.

Construction on Sacred Heart Church in the middle-class community of Turgeau in Port-au-Prince will receive $1.8 million in funding under a joint program involving the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services and the Haitian bishops.

The project's total cost is estimated at $2.5 million.

The grants were announced in conjunction with Pope Benedict's March 23-28 pastoral visit to Mexico and Cuba.

Sacred Heart Church was destroyed in the magnitude 7 earthquake that claimed more than 300,000 lives in January 2010.