From The Living Church-
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has called on all Episcopalians to give generously during a special offering January 12 aimed at assisting the Diocese of Haiti in rebuilding the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince. Haitians are still struggling to recover from the massive earthquake that destroyed the cathedral and caused untold devastation to lives and property throughout the country four years ago.
The Haitian government has said that up to 300,000 people were killed in the magnitude 7.0 quake, which struck just west of the capital of Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010. As many as 1.6 million Haitians, in a country of roughly 10 million, were left homeless, and more than 170,000 still live in makeshift housing.
“I ask that you share your blessings with the Haitian people on January 12,” Jefferts Schori said, adding that the “spiritual heart” of the church’s ministry in Haiti centers on the cathedral. She said that ministry comprises more than 170 congregations and 250 schools, a dozen clinics and two hospitals.
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