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Exclusive: Papal nuncio gives dramatic report on Church in Haiti
cna ^ | January 14, 2010

Posted on 01/14/2010 10:52:35 AM PST by NYer

Archbishop Bernardito Auza. Credit: CBCP.

Port au Prince, Haiti, Jan 14, 2010 / 01:30 pm (CNA).- In an exclusive email to CNA, the Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, has revealed the details surrounding the death of the Archbishop of Haiti, the condition of the buildings at the nunciature, the archdiocese and the major seminary, as well as an updated body count of priests, religious, and seminarians in Port-au-Prince, which was hit by a massive earthquake on Tuesday.

“Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has a great presence here,” said the nuncio. But due to the difficult situation, the lack of clean water, and the fact that all the gas stations are closed, they are contemplating moving their headquarters to Gonaives. Today, leaders from CRS and Caritas will meet with the nuncio and his staff at the nunciature.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza reports that the “good and smiling archbishop of Port-au-Prince,” was waiting on his balcony for a ride to a ceremony when the earthquake hit.

“The intensity of the earthquake pushed him down off the balcony headfirst and he died immediately on impact,” the nuncio told CNA. Since there is no electricity, his body has been moved to the nearby town of Gonaives. The Archbishop Auza suggested an immediate burial, but the suggestion was not adopted since it would conflict with local tradition and would be taken as an insult.

The vicar general of Port-au-Prince, Monsignor Charles Benoit, and the Chancellor, Don Cherie, are still under the pile of rubble from the four-storey building that housed the archdiocesan offices.

Archbishop Auza said “the chancellor seems to be dead, but we still have hope for Monsignor Benoit.” “We don’t have the numbers, but there are several dead priests and male and female religious whose bodies haven’t been recovered from the rubble,” he added.

On Wednesday evening the nuncio said he visited the major seminary, where he found  only one building still standing. Only one priest from the formation team is unaccounted for as of yet. Nine seminarians are confirmed dead, and four more are still missing. Archbishop Auza also visited various religious communities and expressed the Holy Father’s “concern and solidarity.”

The nunciature, where Archbishop Auza lived, has been destroyed as well, even though it is in a part of the city that was not damaged as heavily. The nuncio explained that he and the personnel are sleeping in the garden. Despite the demise of the nunciature, the archbishop and his staff are hosting many meetings, with bishops from around the country flocking to the nunciature as a place to “coordinate and make decisions.”

Fearing a tsunami, many people have also left the city for the hills, Archbishop Auza said. Though a tsunami is unlikely, he is of the opinion that it is better for people to leave the capital, as there is nothing there for them. In the city itself, people walk around aimlessly. Many are also sleeping in the streets, he related.

Archbishop Auza also relayed an assessment of the airport in Port au Prince, saying it is incapacitated. As of yesterday, not one airplane bearing aid had arrived. Due to the earthquake, the control tower collapsed and is completely destroyed. Today, the first arrival, an American military plane, is expected.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Prayer
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1 posted on 01/14/2010 10:52:38 AM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 01/14/2010 10:53:17 AM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer

Just a question: the other side of the island is the Dominican Republic. Has anyone seen an mention of that country being affected by the quake? Seems unlikely that it would not have been.


3 posted on 01/14/2010 10:57:53 AM PST by ClearBlueSky (Whenever someone says it's not about Islam-it's about Islam. Jesus loves you, Allah wants you dead!)
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To: ClearBlueSky

The island is essentially one big mountain and the earthquake would not have hit the DR nearly as bad. Also, the DR has a much better infrastructure than Haiti. There was some damage from what I’ve heard, but nothing significant, especially when compared to Port-au-Prince.


5 posted on 01/14/2010 11:03:22 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: ClearBlueSky

I was listening to a radio interview with a Salvation Army representative yesterday, and he said the damage was centered in Port Au Prince, and that damage was much less even in other parts of Haiti. For instance, a hospital they run in another city about 75 miles away sustained no damage. So apparently this was a very localized event.


6 posted on 01/14/2010 11:04:18 AM PST by balch3
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
There isn't much mystery why the DR wasn't affected by the earthquake in Haiti.

How much damage is there in Sacramento when there is an earthquake in San Francisco?

ML/NJ

7 posted on 01/14/2010 11:20:35 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: NYer

Found this pic on msnbc.com's photo library.

8 posted on 01/14/2010 11:31:14 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: al_c

But.....but.....Pat Robertson said they all worship Voodoo down there.


9 posted on 01/14/2010 11:33:23 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

50% of Haitians practice Voodoo and Santaria which are occult and pagan practices that are deeply rooted in their culture.


10 posted on 01/14/2010 11:42:28 AM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: dfwgator

Many posters on here think Catholics are basically voodoo worshipers too.


11 posted on 01/14/2010 11:56:42 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: ClearBlueSky
Shallow quake, very localized. Felt in the DR but not much damage.

Damage from a shallow quake is both very local and very severe. The epicenter was just slightly west of downtown.

12 posted on 01/14/2010 12:15:49 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: al_c

Oh, my goodness, the crucifix still standing and it seems unharmed.

Thank you, God. That is a sign.


13 posted on 01/14/2010 2:37:57 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Straight Vermonter

LOL! How do they make such ridiculous judgments? Ignorance of what the Catholic Church really is — my answer.


14 posted on 01/14/2010 2:39:16 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: All
Go here to donate (secure site) -- they do not have the overhead for office, etc. that Red Cross does, and you know that your MONEY does not support abortions!

15 posted on 01/14/2010 2:41:17 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: al_c; netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; ...

Wow!

Thank you for posting this!

16 posted on 01/14/2010 3:53:24 PM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: Salvation; All
Here is another possible site for donations:

Knights of Malta - American Association

Scroll down slightly for the Haitian relief fund.

Our pastor sent out an Email today recommending that we donate to the KoM. We are having a special collection on Sunday.

Every penny that is donated goes directly to the people of Haiti - KoM absorbs all administrative costs.

They already have three relief teams on the ground in Haiti.

17 posted on 01/14/2010 4:03:34 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: NYer; Salvation; All

According to the KoM website, their hospital in Milot (which is well to the north of Port-au-Prince, almost to Cap Haitien on the main road) was only slightly damaged, is fully operational, and is expecting to receive critical patients via airlift from Port-au-Prince.


18 posted on 01/14/2010 4:07:52 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: al_c

WOW that church got nailed


19 posted on 01/14/2010 4:25:07 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: NYer
One problem for aid flights is that the airport is damaged, and there's no fuel to refuel incoming planes.

I'm guessing that planes from US and South America would have to make a stop at Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, or Jamaica to refuel. One bright spot is that Haiti is within helicopter range (and well within V-22 Osprey range) of Gitmo.

20 posted on 01/14/2010 4:39:01 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: DarthVader

Voodoo certainly. Santeria, probably not. Not that it really makes a difference, but voodoo, vodou, vaudou, santeria, kumina, etc are distinct and localized variants of west African bantu and yoruba religions. Although equally diabolical (to my way of thinking), you’d be hard pressed to find santeros practicing in Haiti alongside vodouns. I’ve had the unfortunate reality of having santeros in my own family and I can assure you that their resident demons didn’t get the message about a ‘house divided’ and they hate Haitian Voudouns and Louisiana Voodooiennes with equal passion.


21 posted on 01/14/2010 5:01:36 PM PST by constitutiongirl ("It's just another isolated...just another isolated incident")
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
I checked out a map of the plates in the region. Unfortunately Port au Prince was right on the strike-slip fault line.
22 posted on 01/14/2010 5:14:55 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: al_c

Amazing photo. Thank you. Reminds me of the “cross” at the WTC.


23 posted on 01/14/2010 5:27:52 PM PST by Melian ("Here's the moral of the story: Catholic witness has a cost." ~Archbishop Charles Chaput)
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To: All

Check this out first photo of dead bodies outside the airport

http://twitpic.com/y4a2a


24 posted on 01/14/2010 5:32:19 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: All

Check this out first photo of dead bodies outside the airport

http://twitpic.com/y4a2a


25 posted on 01/14/2010 5:32:23 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: NYer

Prayers lifted.


26 posted on 01/15/2010 2:05:21 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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