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Haiti: Violence forces cancellation of major religious conference


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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Feb 11, CMC – The 13th triennial bilateral meeting of the Conference of the Episcopate of Haiti (CEH) and the Conference of the Bishops of the Dominican Republic (CED), have been cancelled after weekend violence in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country that has left at least four people dead.

In a statement, the CEH secretary, Loudeger Mazile, said that due to the violent demonstrations taking place since February 7 the February 11-13 conference has been cancelled.

“On behalf of Bishop Launay Saturné, I announce that given the situation of tension in the country at the moment, the bi-national meeting scheduled from 11 to 13 February 2019 is cancelled,” he said, adding that the organisers will choose, by mutual agreement, another date for the event.

The organisers had said the conference here would have allowed the bishops of the two countries to “address pastoral and / or ecclesiastical issues, including the work of their pastoral commissions for the respective migrants and will reflect on the challenges of youth ministry, vocation ministry and projects of the two episcopal conferences in these and other fields”/

The conference is held every three years.

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