‘Miraculous’ aftershock escape in Haiti

A Haitian earthquake survivor at prayer (CNS photo/Jorge Silva)

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RESCUE attempts in Haiti continue in spite of a second earthquake hitting this morning, and people are still being found alive in the rubble eight days after the first disaster struck.

The strongly Catholic Caribbean island appears to have escaped further serious damage following the 6.1 aftershock that hit 35 miles west of Port-au-Prince today and some helping relief efforts have said this is ‘miraculous.’

Early reports, however, indicate today’s earthquake could hinder aid efforts on the island that are well underway after last week’s 7.0 quake.

The desperate appeal to help seminarians on the island that came from Archbishop Louis Kebreau of Cap-Haitien, chairman of the Haiti Catholic Bishops’ Conference, has been answered by Aid to the Church in Need.

The charity is sending £61,000 to help more than 200 destitute seminarians in Haiti after their college collapsed in the earthquake.

The urgent aid, being sent from ACN’s UK office, comes after news that at least 30 students for the priesthood were confirmed dead after being crushed when the quake destroyed seminary buildings in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Salesian Archbishop Kebreau stressed the plight of the seminarians following the earthquake, saying that they had nobody to care for them and were desperate to return to their home dioceses, in many cases many miles away from Port-au-Prince.

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