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People walk by the entrance of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Anne in Port-au-Prince, Jan. 22, 2024. Eight people, including six nuns, were kidnapped Jan. 19 in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, according to the country's association of religious orders, amid an ongoing upswing in abductions.

Abducted Haitian nuns released amid ongoing gang violence 

Jan 25, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The release of the six religious sisters, along with their two drivers, was confirmed to Vatican News by Archbishop Max... Read more

Archbishop of Port-au-Prince Max Leroy Mésidor.

Catholic Church in Haiti holds day of prayer for release of 6 kidnapped nuns, others

Jan 24, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

A day of prayer, meditation, and Eucharistic adoration was held Jan. 24 to intercede for the release of the people... Read more

Pope Francis presides over Mass for the Sunday of the Word of God in St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 21, 2024.

Pope Francis calls for release of 6 religious sisters taken hostage in Haiti

Jan 21, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Armed gunmen took the religious sisters hostage in Port-au-Prince on Friday during a bus hijacking. Read more

Father Louis Merosne at College Sainte Anne, a parochial Catholic school from seventh-12th grade.

Missionary priest builds up Haiti one student, one classroom at a time

Nov 25, 2023

By Zoe Romanowsky

Father Louis Merosne is on a mission to rebuild the Catholic educational system where he ministers in Haiti.  Read more

Approximately 1,400 members of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, put together eight large shipping containers with more than 300,000 meals for Haitians as part of its Monsignor McSweeney World Hunger Drive on Aug. 12, 2023.

These parishioners have sent 3 million meals to Haiti. Here’s how they do it

Aug 20, 2023

By Shannon Mullen

Everything about St. Matthew, a mega-parish in Charlotte, North Carolina, is super-sized, including its charitable outreach. Read more

Families fleeing gang violence gather in Delmas 75 comune, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on June 28, 2023.

Haiti in ‘desperate’ security crisis as Catholic leaders urge search for solutions

Jul 17, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami says the current crisis follows 20 years of a “downward spiral” in economic, political, and... Read more

Father Antoine Macaire Christian Noah escaped from his kidnappers in Haiti, February 2023.

‘God really intervened’: How a Catholic priest escaped from his kidnappers in Haiti

Mar 3, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

Father Antoine Macaire Christian Noah, a Claretian priest from Cameroon, escaped unharmed from a crime gang that had kidnapped him... Read more

An aerial view of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Priest kidnapped in Haiti; captors demand ransom

Feb 8, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Claretian Missionaries’ Independent Delegation for the Antilles reported that on Feb. 7 one of its priests was kidnapped. Read more

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Archbishop calls for international efforts after 17 migrants from Haiti die in rough seas in the Bahamas

Jul 25, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The archbishop of Nassau in the Bahamas reacted with sadness to the news of a boat carrying migrants from Haiti... Read more

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address in St. Peter's Square, June 12, 2022.

Nun in Haiti gave her life 'even to martyrdom', Pope Francis says

Jun 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

Following his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis remarked on the killing of Sister Luisa Dell’Orto, an Italian missionary who... Read more

The aftermath of a traffic accident involving Cardinal Chibly Langlois.

Cardinal injured in 2021 earthquake is hospitalized after traffic accident in Haiti

Jun 9, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Chibly Langlois was reportedly taken to the hospital for a possible broken arm. Read more

A border crossing between Haiti and the Dominican Republic near Jimaní in November 2014.

Haitian priest denounces Dominican Republic's border fence

May 12, 2022

By Ana Paula Morales

A Haitian priest has said a border wall being built by the Dominican Republic to stop Haitian emigration “is not... Read more

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Final 12 kidnapped missionaries released by Haitian gang

Dec 16, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The freeing of the U.S. missionaries from Christian Aid Ministries by their captors in Haiti came exactly two months to... Read more

Rebuilding project in Haiti

Christians pray, fast for release of missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Oct 22, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The ringleader behind the kidnappings of 17 missionaries in Haiti has threatened to kill the hostages unless he received his... Read more

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de l’Assomption in Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Christian aid group requests prayers for kidnapped missionaries in Haiti

Oct 19, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The gang responsible for the kidnapping of 17 missionaries in Haiti is demanding a $17 million ransom for their safe... Read more

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American missionaries reported abducted in Haiti

Oct 17, 2021

By Matt Hadro

A group of 17 missionaries and family members were abducted in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.... Read more

Bishop Mario Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington (left) and Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities, USA (right)

Catholic leaders call for better treatment of Haitians, other migrants at border

Sep 22, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Catholic leaders on Wednesday called for better treatment of Haitians and other migrants crowded under a bridge at the U.S.-Mexico... Read more

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Aug. 14, 2021.

CMMB provides medical relief, long-term recovery in Haiti after 7.2 magnitude earthquake

Sep 14, 2021

By Autumn Jones

On August 14, Josette lost everything. A single mother, she had gone to the supermarket to sell items to support... Read more

Victims of the Oct. 6, 2018 earthquake in Haiti.

Meet the Catholic nun who has helped Haitians through multiple earthquakes

Sep 5, 2021

By Katie Yoder

“Sister Inga, who’s in the room next to me, she yells out, ‘Get out of the house quickly! It’s an... Read more

Bishop Guy Sansaricq, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Brooklyn, who died Aug. 21, 2021.

First Haitian-American Catholic bishop dies at 86

Aug 23, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Bishop Guy Sansaricq, a retired auxiliary of the Diocese of Brooklyn and the first Haitian-born bishop in the United States,... Read more