Wednesday, January 13, 2010

extensive report from Episcopal Life

Episcopal Diocese of Haiti suffers heavy damage
Haiti struck by devastating earthquake; diocese suffers heavy damage

Prayers, support urged for western hemisphere's poorest nation

By Matthew Davies and Mary Frances Schjonberg, January 13, 2010
[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Church leaders are urging prayers and support for Haiti as the largest earthquake ever to hit the island nation has caused widespread devastation amid fears that thousands may have perished in the disaster.

Four people were killed by the earthquake during an Episcopal church service in Trouin, about 23 miles southwest of Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, the Rev. Lauren Stanley, an Episcopal Church missionary in Haiti who was home in Virginia at the time of the earthquake, told ENS. The earthquake destroyed Cathédrale Sainte Trinité (Holy Trinity Cathedral), the diocesan cathedral in Port-au-Prince.

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