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Haiti: earthquake has led to revival of faith, says bishop

May 09, 2011

A Haitian bishop has told Aid to the Church in Need that the January 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 200,000 has contributed to a revival of faith in the impoverished nation.

The earthquake “caused people to reflect,” said Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Lafontant of Port-au-Prince. “They said, ‘You know, bishop, I became a different person after the quake because I’m alive and I realized that my possessions are nothing. Being alive is more than anything I possess, so from now on I won’t wear jewelry. I won’t be concerned about how I look. I won’t be concerned about how my house looks; the way I live because life must be different.’ So it’s some sort of a renewed Haitian that was born after the quake … not only a revival but the strengthening of faith.”

80% of the nation’s 7.1 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics.

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