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Diocese of Brooklyn will offer Mass of Solidarity and Unity for Haitian, Dominican communities

June 24, 2015 By Francesca Norsen Tate, Religion Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Cathedral-Basilica of St. James Cathedral will host a special diocesan Mass of Solidarity and Unity in support of the Haitian and Dominican communities on June 24. Eagle photo by Josh Ross
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The leader of Brooklyn’s Roman Catholics has called for a special Mass of Solidarity and Unity for the Haitian and Dominican Republic communities here and in the Caribbean, in light of the violent deportation crisis that has erupted there.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has called together the Dominican and Haitian communities in a Mass of Peace and Solidarity with those who are being deported to Haiti.  Some of the Haitians who are being deported were born in the Dominican Republic, and the two nations share one Caribbean island. “We will pray for a change of heart on the part of the Dominican government in this humanitarian crisis,” said DiMarzio.

The Mass will be prayed on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m., at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, Jay St. north of Tillary St., in Downtown Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn has a significant Haitian community, and retired Auxiliary Bishop Guy A. Sansaricq, a native of Haiti, was the diocese’s first Haitian bishop.

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