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Haitian bishop refuses to evacuate

REJECTING OFFERS to evacuate him from Port-au-Prince, Episcopal Diocese of Haiti Bishop Jean-Zaché Duracin said on Jan. 18, "No, I will stay with my people.” Duracin, who was made homeless by the quake, is helping care for 3,000 other homeless victims in a tent city in downtown Port-au-Prince.

The Jan. 12 quake destroyed much of the infrastructure of the diocese including Cathédrale Sainte Trinité (Holy Trinity Cathedral) and its school, the diocesan offices, the Convent of Sainte Marguerite, the College Saint Pierre and the bishop’s home. At least four of the diocese's 254 schools, ranging from pre-schools to a university and seminary, were destroyed. 

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