We were very fortunate and relieved to get in contact with Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, Archbishop Bernardito “Barney” Auza who survived the earthquake in Haiti. According to reports from AP, Tuesday’s earthquake brought down buildings great and small — from shacks in shantytowns to President Rene Preval’s gleaming white National Palace, where a dome tilted ominously above the manicured grounds.
“I SURVIVED. NOT EVEN A FILM CAN CAPTURE THE SHEER GRAVITY OF THE DEVASTATION. JUST HORRIBLE, WITH THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS STILL UNDER RUBBLES.”
The nuncio recently spoke with the Vatican’s Fides news agency. “Port-au-Prince is totally devastated. The cathedral, the archbishop’s office, all of the big churches, all of the seminaries have been reduced to rubble.” The nuncio said that the resident priest at that cathedral had informed him of the likely death of Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot as he was buried under rubble along with hundreds of priests and seminarians. Other news reports confirmed that the archbishop did pass away in the earthquake. The nuncio had made his way across the city to see the Haitian President and “express his condolences and solidarity” and found that, because they had been outdoors, he and his family had been saved although their home had crumbled.
Thank you to Rose for sending the article from CNA!