Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jul 15, 2019 / 11:01 am
The Catholic bishops of Haiti have announced a year of prayer and adoration for the country, which continues to face heightened tensions and instability amid calls for President Jovenel Moise to resign.
"The misery has become so sharp and the insecurity so destabilizing that the tree of hope has been torn from the ground," the Haitian Bishops' Conference said, according to Vatican News.
For months, protests have rocked the impoverished nation, following an official audit report finding billions of dollars missing from a government program intended to benefit low-income Haitian residents.
The 600-page report, released May 31, implicates the three most recent presidential administrations in serious financial corruption.