By Dennis Sadowski
Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Church reconstruction in Haiti is moving forward at a faster pace after months of discussions as Haitian and American church leaders gain confidence in the process they established to oversee the massive rebuilding effort.
Planning for two new projects in the earthquake-damaged capital of Port-au-Prince was approved in mid-March by the PROCHE Joint Steering Committee overseeing the reconstruction, and the first church to be rebuilt with some of the $33 million donated by American parishioners was consecrated in February.
But church leaders cautioned that the challenge of rebuilding churches, schools, convents and seminaries is so immense that it will take millions of dollars more in donations and years of planning before the dozens of structures destroyed in the powerful January 2010 earthquake will be replaced.
“The problem is bigger than we can solve,” said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, a member of the steering committee.
While 36 projects are under way and one has been completed, dozens more across the expansive earthquake zone remain to be tackled.