Wonderful news from Haiti

A statue of St Martial lies broken at the seminary in Port-au-Prince PIC: CNS

WONDERFUL news today from Haiti—the major seminary on the island will reopen two days after Easter.

It is an early sign of hope as the Caribbean island continues to battle to recover from the devastating earthquake of January 12.

“The bishops have decided to call the seminarians back together and re-open the academic year on April 6. With the destruction of the entire Major Seminary, then we must find accommodations for the 243 surviving major seminarians,” Archbishop Bernard Auza, Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, said.

The seminary will be located under canvas on the large grounds of the headquarters of the Haitian Bishops’ Conference. Students of philosophy will be housed in tents in the Seminary of the Scalabrini Fathers and those of theology, in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Home, on the grounds of the conference.

Donations collected during the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, presided by the Pope at the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, will be used for the reconstruction of the Seminary of Port-au-Prince.

As Haiti prepares for the rainy season, the task ahead is enormous.

Catholic Relief Services on the island reports that hundreds of thousands of islanders remain homeless and heavy rain has already begun although the rainy season is not due to peak until May.

Huge efforts are underway to get the homeless into shelter, even if it is just sturdy tents on safe ground.

For more on Haiti visit:

http://www.fides.org/aree/news/newsdet.php?idnews=26397&lan=eng

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1001303.htm

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