- Sep 22, 2020
Puerto Rico has now revised the official death toll from Hurricane Maria.
Puerto Rico’s Archdiocese of San Juan filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday after officials embargoed $4.7 million from its accounts following a lawsuit filed by retired Catholic school teachers seeking their pensions.
Nearly a year ago, Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm, and afterward 11-year-old Marco Lebron’s first thought was about the monks who teach at his school, Benedictine-run San Antonio Abad School and Abbey in Humacao.
As identical twin sisters, Sister Judith and Sister Maristella Maldonado not only look exactly alike, but as members of the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, they dress alike, wearing that order’s white habit and black veil with white trim.
St. Francis Builds, a program based in St. Camillus Catholic Church in Silver Spring, Maryland continues to help Puerto Rico which is still suffering from last summer’s hurricanes.
The official tally of 64 deaths on the island of Puerto Rico attributed to 2017’s powerful Hurricane Maria has been disputed for some time, but in late May, a study in a respected scientific journal said that figure may have underestimated the island’s fatalities by the thousands.