Survivors of Haiti’s devastating earthquake gave thanks to God yesterday, in churches if they were still standing, or on the street, out of fear of dangerous aftershocks.
“It has been a week for thanking God for protecting us. We are suffering a lot. Praying helps us,” said evangelical worshiper Anne Pierre, 64, who lost her home but whose family is safe “thanks to God.”
Haitian officials say between 100,000 and 200,000 people were killed in the quake. So many churches were damaged that religious Haitians in tent cities were asking Catholic priests to hold masses at their makeshift camps.
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The city’s Notre Dame cathedral lay in ruins, but some people went to pray amid its rubble for the Roman Catholic priests and parishioners who died in the disaster.
They grieved the loss of the beloved leader of Haiti’s Catholic Church, Archbishop of Port-au-Prince Monsignor Joseph Serge Miot, who died under the rubble of his residence.