A parishioner shouts " Hallelujah" during a mass on the grounds next to an earthquake-damaged church in Les Cayes, Haiti, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, eight days after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the area. (AP Photo / Matias Delacroix)

The Haitian Pastors Conference (COPAH) called on Haitian authorities to end gang violence across the country following the killing of a deacon last week, local daily Le Nouvelliste reported.

On Sept. 26, Deacon Sylner Lafaille was killed during a church service. Lafaille’s wife, Marthe Etienne, was also kidnapped during the incident.

COPAH said it is alarmed by the increase in violence and kidnappings around the country.  Read more

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