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PARIS (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in France says Monsignor Joseph Serge Miot, the archbishop of Port-au-Prince, has died in the Haiti earthquake.
Father Pierre Le Beller of the Saint Jacques Missionary Center in western France says fellow missionaries in Haiti told him they found Miot’s body in the ruins of the archdiocese office.
Miot was 63. Le Beller spoke to The Associated Press by phone from the Brittany town of Landivisiau.
The order of missionary priests was officially founded in 1951 by the bishop of Gonaives, Haiti. While headquartered in France, it retains a strong presence in Haiti and traces its unofficial missionary activity to 1860.
Joseph Miot was born in Jérémie, and ordained to the priesthood on July 4, 1975.
On July 29, 1997, he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Port-au-Prince by Pope John Paul II. Miot received his episcopal consecration on the following October 12 from Archbishop Christophe Pierre, with Archbishops François Gayot, SMM, and François-Wolff Ligondé serving as co-consecrators.
During his tenure, he denounced the incarceration of Fr. Gérard Jean-Juste by the government of Prime Minister Gérard Latortue.
Miot succeeded Ligondé as the ninth Archbishop of Port-au-Prince upon the latter’s resignation on March 1, 2008.
The archdiocese’s offices were destroyed in the 2010 Haiti earthquake on January 12, 2010, and Miot was found dead in the building’s ruins.
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