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Funeral held for Haitian archbishop

From Rich Phillips, CNN
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Monsignor Joseph Serge Miot's body taken to Lilavois Cemetery for burial
  • NEW: Angry men shout at president Rene Preval, wave photos of quake victims
  • Archbishop was killed near cathedral in January 12 earthquake
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Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) -- Throngs of mourners turned out for a funeral Mass on Saturday for the archbishop of Port-au-Prince, whose body was pulled from ruins near the national cathedral after the massive earthquake in Haiti.

When the service ended, the body of 63-year-old Monsignor Joseph Serge Miot was taken to Lilavois Cemetery for burial.

Haitian President Rene Preval attended the Roman Catholic Mass.

"He was a good man," Preval told CNN.

When asked to respond to criticism that he had not been seen in public since the earthquake hit on January 12, Preval said, "This is not about politics today."

When the service ended, Preval's security detail -- and a slew of TV cameras -- followed him to his SUV. A handful of angry young men, one of them holding a photo of an earthquake victim, shouted at him.

During the funeral, mourners, most of them clergy, lined up to pay their respects to the archbishop, who was laid in an open white casket. There were injuries to his face.

Friends called Miot, who became archbishop in the capital in March 2008, a humble man who was well-liked.

The roof of the historic Roman Catholic cathedral caved in during the earthquake, leaving the interior and entrance full of rubble and shattering the stained-glass windows.

The archdiocese's offices and Miot's residence were destroyed in the earthquake, and a Mexican rescue crew found Miot dead in the ruins two days later.

 
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