- Sep 24, 2020
A Catholic bishop criticized a government official’s offer that the church could name the Haitian ambassador to the Holy See if church officials promptly nominated a Catholic representative to the Provisional Electoral Council.
Officials reported that at least 12 people had died as Tropical Storm Laura lashed Haiti and the Dominican Republic with strong winds and torrential rains, causing widespread flooding in low-lying communities.
Under a church-led initiative known as PROCHE, the Partnership for the Reconstruction of the Church in Haiti, millions of dollars donated by U.S. parishioners in the wake of the country’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake helped finance dozens of new facilities that replaced church structures destroyed in the disaster.
Fearful that the coronavirus pandemic has spread more widely than official numbers suggest, the Haitian government and numerous nongovernmental organizations are bolstering COVID-19 public awareness and hygiene programs.
In mid-March, Haiti reported its first five official cases of COVID–19, and we are now moving toward a full-on lockdown. No one is allowed in or out of this country unless they are transporting merchandise, and we are severely undersupplied to try to combat this virus.
The response to the massive earthquake that hit Haiti 10 years ago was well-intentioned but did not bring about structural change that could have helped lift the country’s overwhelming poverty, said sisters reflecting on the earthquake’s legacy.