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Haiti marks 5th anniversary of earthquake amid signs of uneven recovery

  • A woman walks past the ruins of the National Cathedral during the 5th anniversary of the Janaury 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Somber Haitians gathered early Monday to remember the devastating earthquake that left much of the capital and surrounding area in ruins in one of the worst natural disasters of modern times. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    A woman walks past the ruins of the National Cathedral during the 5th anniversary of the Janaury 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Somber Haitians gathered early Monday to remember the devastating earthquake that left much of the capital and surrounding area in ruins in one of the worst natural disasters of modern times. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

  • Haitians attend a Mass marking the 5th anniversary of the January 2010 earthquake, in a new building next to the ruins of the National Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Somber Haitians gathered early Monday to remember the devastating earthquake that left much of the capital and surrounding area in ruins in one of the worst natural disasters of modern times. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Haitians attend a Mass marking the 5th anniversary of the January 2010 earthquake, in a new building next to the ruins of the National Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Somber Haitians gathered early Monday to remember the devastating earthquake that left much of the capital and surrounding area in ruins in one of the worst natural disasters of modern times. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

  • Haiti's President Michel Martelly attends a memorial service for victims of the January 2010 earthquake, at Titanyen, a mass burial site north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Somber Haitians gathered early Monday to remember the devastating earthquake that left much of the capital and surrounding area in ruins in one of the worst natural disasters of modern times. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Haiti's President Michel Martelly attends a memorial service for victims of the January 2010 earthquake, at Titanyen, a mass burial site north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Somber Haitians gathered early Monday to remember the devastating earthquake that left much of the capital and surrounding area in ruins in one of the worst natural disasters of modern times. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

Haiti is marking the fifth anniversary of a devastating earthquake with an early-morning church service and a gathering of dignitaries at a mass grave.

This is an official Day of National Remembrance in the impoverished country. Hundreds of Haitians started the day in their best clothes at a new Catholic church in downtown Port-au-Prince. The church replaced the cathedral left in ruins by the earthquake that also leveled much of the capital and surrounding area on Jan. 12, 2010.

People who attended the Mass said they are still grieving over their losses from a quake the Haitian government said killed more than 300,000 people and left more than 1 million homeless.

President Michel Martelly was presiding at a memorial Monday at a mass grave north of Port-au-Prince.