HAITI / CATHEDRAL MASS

12-Jan-2011 00:01:32
Hundreds of mourners gather for a special mass at the base of the battered Notre Dame Cathedral in downtown Port-au-Prince. MINUSTAH
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STORY: HAITI / CATHEDRAL MASS
TRT: 1:32
SOURCE: MINUSTAH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH/ CREOLE/ NATS

DATELINE: 12 JANUARY 2011, PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI
SHOTLIST
1. Close up, people walking towards Cathedral
2. Med shot people arriving at the Cathedral
3. Pan left, from the Cathedral de Notre Dame de l’ Assumption onto crowd
4. Med shot, choir
5. Wide shot, exterior of the Cathedral
6. Close up, Special envoy of the Pope
7. Close up, candle
8. SOUNDUP (French) Cardinal Robert Sarah, Special envoy of the Pope:
“Jesus is able to help those who are suffering.”
9. Close up Haitian Prime Minister
10. Med shot, diplomats
11. Med shot, Haitian Prime Minister and the First Lady
12. SOUNDUP (French) Cardinal Robert Sarah, Special envoy of the Pope:
“I am particularly thinking about the Cathedral of Notre Dame de l’Assomption, which formerly was in the place where we are gathering now.”
13. Med shot, singer Wyclef Jean, presidential candidate Mirlande Maniga and others guests
14. Med shot, ambassadors
15. SOUNDUP (French) Cardinal Robert Sarah, Special envoy of the Pope:
“By my presence, the Pope Benoit XVI wishes to show you his nearness. We still carry the mourning of thousands people which were dears to us.”
16. Med shot, pianist
17. Wide shot, mass celebration
18. Close up, woman crying
19. VOXPOP (Creole) Marita Jean:
“My cousin, my mother, died under rubble. I lost everything. It’s been 15 days that I have been sick. Images come back in my mind.”
20. Med shot, woman praying
21. VOXPOP (Creole) Marie Lourdes Cadet:
“We ask God to give us a good president for the people. People are suffering. You can see somebody dressed well but it does not mean that he is not hungry. Very, very hungry."
22. Med shot, woman praying
23. VOXPOP (Creole) Pierre Fanfan:
“If I had not been transported immediately to Dominican Republic, I would have died. My feet were hurt. I had wounds, serious ones.”
24. Med shot, women praying
STORYLINE
At the ruins of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de l’Assomption de Port-au-Prince, Haitians marked the solemn first anniversary of the devastating earthquake today (12 January).

The Special Envoy to the Pope for Haiti, Cardinal Robert Sarah along with Haitian-American musician Wyclef Jean, Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, other government officials, and foreign dignitaries joined thousands of mourners remembering those lost.

Many churchgoers were dressed in white, the colour worn for mourning the dead in Haiti.

SOUNDUP (French) Cardinal Robert Sarah, Special envoy of the Pope:
“By my presence, the Pope Benoit XVI wishes to show you his nearness. We still carry the mourning of thousands people which were dears to us.”

The Notre Dame Cathedral was one of countless buildings decimated by the tragic earthquake last year and has become a symbol of hope amidst the bitterness and frustration many Haitians still feel one year on. Those attending spoke of the loss they have suffered since last January.

VOXPOP (Creole) Marita Jean:
“My cousin, my mother, died under rubble. I lost everything. It’s been 15 days that I have been sick. Images come back in my mind. “

VOXPOP (Creole) Marie Lourdes Cadet:
“We ask God to give us a good president for the people. People are suffering. You can see somebody dressed well but it does not mean that he is not hungry. Very, very hungry.”

VOXPOP (Creole) Pierre Fanfan:
“If I had not been transported immediately to Dominican Republic, I would have died. My feet were hurt. I had wounds, serious ones.”

Haiti, officially a Roman Catholic country, saw the death of Port-au-Prince Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot and lost as many as 100 priests. The catastrophic 7.0 magnitude quake killed more than 200,000 people and left over two million people homeless.

Ceremonies at United Nations (UN) offices around the world are being held to commemorate those who perished, including 102 UN personnel, the highest loss of life from a single event in UN history.
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