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#341267 01/13/10 05:13 AM
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In your charity please pray for the repose of those dead in the earthquake in Haiti this night and for the comfort of the dying and the injured. It sounds really awful there.
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May the Lord comfort them and provide quick assistance from their neighbors...

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Originally Posted by dwight
In your charity please pray for the repose of those dead in the earthquake in Haiti this night and for the comfort of the dying and the injured. It sounds really awful there.
Dwight


Amen! May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
May our Good God bring them quick comfort and conversion.

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It can be difficult to see God's Providence in all the misfortunes which befall so many people...still, we must hold tightly to our belief in it. Otherwise we could fall into despair.

The least we can do is pray for the Haitians. It looks like if they didn't have bad luck they'd have no luck at all.

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they say even the palace and hospitals are gone. Also, the Archbishop of Haiti has parished according to the news. They said the Vatican reported that he was killed by the earthquake.

May his memory be eternal!

found a link on Fox
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Praying for all the victims of this tragedy. [Lord, have mercy on all...Lord come to the help of those who have lost their homes and family. Lord, help the injured and those who are dying. Lord send food and help through the generosity of others. Come to their aid, quickly, please God.]

In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Among the initial estimates of upwards to 500,000 people killed, are the Archbishop of the capital, Port-au-Prince, as posted by our Pani Rose, and hundreds of priests and seminarians of the Archdiocese as reported by major news agencies.

May they all rest in peace!

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Prayers for the Haitian people and all those in Haiti suffering from this disaster that appears to have killed countless thousands.


"One day all our ethnic traits ... will have disappeared. Time itself is seeing to this. And so we can not think of our communities as ethnic parishes, ... unless we wish to assure the death of our community."
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Prayers for all, Lord have mercy...

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May they rest in peace.
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This is an update on one group from the Western PA area
[i]Dear Friends of PIP,

It's been more than 48 hours and the world is beginning to recognize the unimaginable proportions of the disaster continuing to unfold in Haiti. We are grateful for your heartfelt prayers, your encouraging messages, your deep compassion, and your genuine solidarity. In Haiti they say "Nan tan grangou, patat pa gen po." ("In a time of hunger, potatoes have no skins.")


We are beginning to get news of some of our partners and associates. Daphnee Lamar, of the CIJ management team, our partners in Deslandes, is safe along with her family from Kafou. Ernst LeBlanc, a key collaborator with CIJ, is also OK. St. Geste Charles, director of the CIJ school in Deslandes and member of the CIJ management team, was in Port au Prince when the quake shook, but continue praying and hoping for news of him. There has been no other communication coming from the Deslandes community.

Among our APF partners we know Fr. Joseph Philippe to be OK through our associates at Fonkoze, but we have no information about the other members of the APF secretariat in Port au Prince or about the APF staff in Fondwa, or the Sisters community in Fondwa, or the students and faculty of the University of Fondwa 2004 (UNIF).


We remain without news of our friends at St. Louis de Montfort parish in Port au Prince including the pastor Fr. Nicolas Gerard, Sr. Helen Ryder, and Sr. Eileen Davey and the 100 children in her pre-school nutrition program that the Skip a Lunch, Save a Child program helps support. No contact has been made with Fr. Antoine or Wilner in Sen Mak or Bernard in Gwayavye.

There is so much that we do not know. However we do know that the need for assistance to rebuild lives and regain livelihoods among our partners will be great. Thank you for responding generously. If others in your family or your friends or neighbors want to know how they can help, please let them know that giving to Partners in Progress is one way. Donations to the "Earthquake Response Fund" can be made online through PIP's secure donations page. One hundred percent of all contributions to the fund will be sent to respond to the needs of our partners and associates in Haiti. Thank you.


In solidarity we continue to wait, to pray and to hope.


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This is the latest update Please pray for our missing and injured.

Dear Friends of PIP,

Three days after the massive earthquake shook nearly all of Haiti indirect reports from Fondwa are beginning to arrive. These are not completely confirmed, but they are sufficiently consistent and convergent to conclude that they are likely to be largely accurate.

Earlier today we received a report from Vital Gerard, professor at the University of Fondwa (UNIF), via phone call to Riche Zamor, the UNIF rector, saying “the whole town of Fondwa has collapsed”. Vital reported that he and several UNIF students ran from the UNIF building at the first tremor. Some students were injured getting through the gate, but all managed to escape. Vital made his way to Leogane where he was able to get a motorcycle ride to Okay (Les Cayes) where he has family.

At mid-day we received another indirect report via Joyce Kim, former volunteer in Fondwa and former PIP board member, and via Thomas Pitaud, former volunteer in Fondwa.

In the report Thomas says the following:

I just talked on the phone with Manno, He was able to talk to Kettly and Herault who was just coming from Centre APF.


APF center: Destroyed
School: Destroyed
University: Destroyed
Fonkoze Tombe Gateau: Damaged
Eglise St Antoine [Fondwa church]: Damaged
Atelye ebenist [carpentry shop]: Destroyed
Big House gwo makout la in front of Fonkoze: Destroyed [This would be “Pastor Luke’s House”]

Thomas reported several [unconfirmed] deaths and injuries (including almost 30 children in Tombe Gateau (Tom Gato) who were in the Philadelphia Church there). Thomas’ report says that Sr. Carmelle, and Sr. Simone and the “medam yo” (guest center staff) were NOT among the dead or injured.

Later this afternoon I spoke again by phone to Riche Zamour who had been able to telephone Fr. Joseph’s sister in Brooklyn. She confirmed first that Fr. Joseph is OK and second that Fondwa was devastated and there were several casualties and injuries.

Finally this afternoon I received a report from Humility of Mary Sister Joanne Gardner, H.M. (via Joyce Rothermel), who had spoken to Sr. Judy Dohner, H.M., who was in Fondwa as a volunteer with the Sisters of St. Antoine in Fondwa.

Joanne wrote the following:

Judy called me and said that it is horrible where she is – the buildings are all down. It was the worst thing she has ever been through. One of the novices died and one of the children also. They had the funerals yesterday. She has a concussion and a broken rib. She said they have nothing there. This was all she had time to say as her cell phone was going down. Let us continue to pray for all of them.

None of the reports contained specific information about the Fatima House Orphanage and the children there or the Sisters Motherhouse and the sisters living there, although Joanne's report, based on her conversation with Sr. Judy, suggests that they are also collapsed. We continue to wait, and pray, and hope.

With gratitude for the living and grief for those lost,

Rich Gosser

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By Barb Fraze
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Haitian Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot was known as a humble man who was close to the poor in the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince.

Archbishop Miot, 63, was among tens of thousands of Haitians who died in the Jan. 12 earthquake. ...


... In a Jan. 14 e-mail to Catholic News Service, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, papal nuncio to Haiti, said the archbishop "was hurled from the balcony outside his room while he was waiting for another person on their way to a ceremony. The force of the earthquake threw him headfirst off the balcony and he died, it seems, from the impact."...


http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1000182.htm

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A small piece of good news.

Father Arsene Jasmin,a priest who serves the Haitian community at three parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington, who was in Haiti this week, has been found alive after three days missing.

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