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Archbishop Patrick C. Pinder of Nassau, Bahamas, and Sean O'Neill, head of the office for Caritas in Grand Bahama, front, leave a damaged home after discussing project details of a Caritas home rehab and plans for a resiliency center near Freeport Feb. 19, 2020. The location was one of several visited by a delegation of Archdiocese of Miami Catholic Charities senior staff during a Feb. 19-21 trip to see rebuilding projects underway since Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas in September 2019. (CNS photo/Tom Tracy)

BAHAMAS

Despite curfews, lockdowns, and COVID-19 travel restrictions, rebuilding of a Bahamas church destroyed in 2019’s Hurricane Dorian is about to begin—with a little help from US Catholics.

The category 5 Hurricane Dorian made a prolonged landfall in the northern Bahamas September 2019, as one of the strongest storms in Atlantic history, with sustained wind speeds maxed out at 185 mph. It tied with a handful of other hurricanes as the second-strongest storm in the Atlantic since 1950 and left several church properties damaged or badly destroyed.

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