Puerto Rico’s Pain

After two major hurricanes, 6,000 earthquakes and a 15-year recession, Puerto Ricans are still desperate for help.

Over the last several years, The Tablet has provided coverage of the ongoing turmoil. The following is special coverage of the current situation, plus archived articles and photographs that will give readers an in-depth account of what’s happening on the island.


In the aftermaths of Hurricane Maria, The Tablet and Currents News were in Puerto Rico reporting on the challenges the people of Puerto Rico faced at that time and their hopes and resilience. Below is a gallery of photographs that show the storm’s impact.

  • The Order of Malta volunteers in Puerto Rico distributing food at San Pedro Mártir parish in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Oct. 2017. (Photo: Jorge I. Domínguez-López)
  • Archbishop Roberto González of San Juan, Puerto Rico, during and interview with Currents News in Oct. 2017. (Photo: Jorge I. Domínguez-López)
  • Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York at a press conference in San Juan Puerto Rico during their trip to the island in 2017. (Photo: Jorge I. Domínguez-López)
  • A pair of shoes are seen inside a house in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Oct. 16, 2017, after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria. (Photo: Catholic News Service)
  • Father Carlos Francis Mendez, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Las Marias, Puerto Rico, blesses Edison Rivera, in orange, outside his home Oct. 24, 2017, in a remote area of Las Marias. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
  • Destroyed homes are seen next to a cemetery Oct. 7 as recovery efforts continue following Hurricane Maria in Morovis, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Catholic News Service)
  • Catholic dairy farmer Gustavo Toledo stands near his destroyed farm buildings Oct. 22 in Hatillo, Puerto Rico, more than one month after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. (Photo: Catholic News Service)
  • A man shovels dirt near a destroyed building Oct. 21 in Utuato, Puerto Rico. The town was devastated by Hurricane Maria and has been without water or power for more than a month. (Photo: Catholic News Service)
  • A crucifix hangs on the wall of a destroyed house Oct. 5 in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Catholic News Service)

To access The Tablet’s full archive of Puerto Rico coverage click here.

To access Currents News’ full archive of Puerto Rico coverage click here.