Washington D.C., Apr 4, 2013 / 15:59 pm
A U.S. bishops' subcommittee has approved over $3.1 million dollars in funding for pastoral work in Latin America, including the continued reconstruction of Haiti and World Youth Day pilgrimage efforts.
"We are pleased to see our efforts beginning to pay off as reconstruction is finally gaining momentum for the Church of Haiti," said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, who is a member of the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America at the U.S. bishops' conference.
"Our approval of new reconstruction grants helps maintain this momentum," the archbishop said, adding that the subcommittee is happy "to continue supporting pastoral projects throughout Haiti."
On Jan. 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the nation of Haiti, destroying much of the capital city, Port-au-Prince. More than 200,000 people were estimated to have been killed in the earthquake and one million more left homeless.