Archbishop Miot killed in massive Haitian earthquake
Father Pierre Le Beller of the Saint Jacques Missionary Center in western France reports that the lifeless body of Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, Monsignor Joseph Serge Miot, was found in the ruins of the offices of the archdiocese office.
The beloved Bishop was only 63 years old. Reports indicate that he was only one of many who were killed as Churches and Church related buildings collapsed under the devastation of the worst quake to hit this Nation in 200 years. The reports from inside the Nation indicate that bodies are being piled in the streets and there seems to be no end in sight. Massive relief efforts from the United States and many other Nations are underway.
The official Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano reported on its front page that “The lifeless body of Archbishop Joseph Miot of Port-au-Prince was found this morning under the rubble of the archbishops’ residence.” The missionary news service of the Holy See FIDES reports that the Archbishop is certainly not the only cleric or religious to be killed. The Apostolic Nuncio for the Nation, Archbishop Bernardito Auza indicated that “Port-au-Prince is completely devastated. The cathedral and the archbishop’s residence, all the big churches, all the seminaries are reduced to rubble.”