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Aquillis Lamesi, 48, prays while laying on the ground outside the ruins of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince during a mass service on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Thousands of Haitians attended the mass to commemorate the anniversary of the 7.0-scale earthquake that devastated the area last year. David Albers/Staff

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Aquillis Lamesi, 48, prays while laying on the ground outside the ruins of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince during a mass service on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Thousands of Haitians attended the mass to commemorate the anniversary of the 7.0-scale earthquake that devastated the area last year. David Albers/Staff

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  • Aquillis Lamesi, 48, prays while laying on the ground outside the ruins of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince during a mass service on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Thousands of Haitians attended the mass to commemorate the anniversary of the 7.0-scale earthquake that devastated the area last year. David Albers/Staff
  • Thousdans of Haitians attend a mass service outside the ruins of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 on the anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake that devastated the area. David Albers/Staff
  • Saut d'Eau resident Franky Balland, 27, prays on a pile of rubble during a mass service outside the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince on the anniversary of the earthquake on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011.  David Albers/Staff
  • Picard Sylphanise, 22, holds three pictures of her 6-year-old son, Rudy Wood, as she prays outside the rubble of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince during a mass service commemorating the anniversary of the earthquake on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Wood was killed when the family's home collapsed in the 7.0-scale earthquake in the suburb of Cite Militaire. David Albers/Staff
  • A woman prays outside the rubble of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince during a mass service commemorating the anniversary of the earthquake on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011.  David Albers/Staff
  • Monseigneur Francois Gayot stops to bless a young boy during a mass service outside the ruins of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Thousands of Haitians attended the mass to commemorate the anniversary of the 7.0-scale earthquake that devastated the area last year. David Albers/Staff
  • Clergy members process through the crowd during a mass service outside the ruins of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Thousands of Haitians attended the mass to commemorate the anniversary of the 7.0-scale earthquake that devastated the area last year. David Albers/Staff
  • James Nelson 13, left, stands with one of the church bells in a bell tower in the ruins of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince during a mass service on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011.  Thousands of Haitians attended the mass to commemorate the anniversary of the 7.0-scale earthquake that devastated the area last year. David Albers/Staff
  • Louisiana George, 65, prays about the death of her children outside the ruins of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince during a mass service on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Thousands of Haitians attended the mass to commemorate the anniversary of the 7.0-scale earthquake that devastated the area last year. David Albers/Staff
  • Irole Jean, 36, prays during a mass service outside the ruins of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Thousands of Haitians attended the mass to commemorate the anniversary of the 7.0-scale earthquake that devastated the area last year. David Albers/Staff
  • Seventy seven-year-old Lucienne Joseph sits along the ruins of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince during a mass service outside on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 on the anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake that devastated the area a year earlier. David Albers/Staff
  • A woman brings her own chair to a mass service at the ruins of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Thousands of Haitians attended the mass to commemorate the anniversary of the 7.0-scale earthquake that devastated the area last year. David Albers/Staff
  • Frenal Jean Charles, 41, reads his Bible in the ruins of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince after a mass service on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 on the anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake that devastated the area a year earlier. David Albers/Staff
  • A woman prays outside the rubble of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince during a mass service commemorating the anniversary of the earthquake on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011.  David Albers/Staff
  • Ten-year-olds Enceinde Ezekiel, left, and Welton Tony sit inside the ruins of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince after a mass service on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 on the anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake that devastated the area a year earlier. David Albers/Staff
  • A group of women pray outside the rubble of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince during a mass service commemorating the anniversary of the earthquake on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011.  David Albers/Staff
  • A church group gathers in front of the national palace after a minute of silence as a commemoration of the anniversary of the earthquake on Jan. 12, 2011 in Port-au-Prince. David Albers/Staff
  • People meander in front of the Haiti's National Palace after a minute of silence as a commemoration of the earthquake on Jan. 12, 2011 in Port-au-Prince. David Albers/Staff
  • A woman prays during a mass service outside the ruins of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Thousands of Haitians attended the mass to commemorate the anniversary of the 7.0-scale earthquake that devastated the area last year. David Albers/Staff
  • A woman prays during a mass service outside the ruins of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Thousands of Haitians attended the mass to commemorate the anniversary of the 7.0-scale earthquake that devastated the area last year. David Albers/Staff
  • Irole Jean, 36, prays during a mass service outside the ruins of the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Jean lost a son and a sister-in-law in the the 7.0-scale earthquake that devastated the area last year. David Albers/Staff

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