New archbishop, auxiliary bishop named for Port-au-Prince

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Exactly one year after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people, including the archbishop of Port-au-Prince, Pope Benedict XVI named a new archbishop and new auxiliary bishop for that nation's capital.

On the anniversary of the earthquake Jan. 12, the pope named Bishop Guire Poulard of Les Cayes, 69, to be the new archbishop of Port-au-Prince. He succeeds Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot, who died in the quake.

Ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince in 1972, he studied in Haiti and in France. Pope John Paul II named him bishop of Jacmel in 1988, and Pope Benedict transferred him to Les Cayes in 2009.

Also on the Jan. 12 anniversary of the quake, the pope named Msgr. Glandas Marie Erick Toussaint, director of Caritas Port-au-Prince, to be an auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese. The 45-year-old has been pastor of the Port-au-Prince cathedral parish since 2007 and has been in charge of archdiocesan Catholic charities since 2008.

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