Cardinal Sarah, President of
cor unum in haiti for earthquake anniversary
A year after
the earthquake which devastated Haiti on 12 January 2010 leaving 250,000
people dead and more than a million homeless, Benedict XVI has sent
Cardinal Robert Sarah, President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum,
who will bring a Message from the Pope and economic aid to the people so
gravely afflicted twelve months ago, according to a communique released
by Cor Unum.
arrived in Haiti yesterday when he visited a number of religious
communities in Leogane: the Sisters of Christ the King whose hospital
was destroyed, the "Petites Soeurs de Sainte-Therese de l'Enfant Jesus"
who run a clinic for people suffering from AIDS and tuberculosis, and
the "Compagnes de Jesus" who had an old people's home and a school
destroyed by the quake. During the course of the day Cardinal Sarah laid
the cornerstone of the "Ecole Notre Dame des Anges". In the Holy
Father's name, he also brought concrete support in the form of donations
received following the earthquake: 800,000 U.S. dollars for the
rebuilding of schools and 400,000 U.S. dollars for the reconstruction of
January, the President of Cor Unum, accompanied by Msgr. Segundo
Tejado, Under-Secretary of the Dicastery, will meet Rene Preval,
President of the Republic of Haiti. The Cardinal will then visit the
Parc Acra displaced persons camp where he will celebrate Mass.
12 January, Cardinal Sarah will read out the Pope's Message during a
Mass to commemorate the first anniversary of the earthquake. He will
then meet with bishops and seminarians as well as with directors of
Caritas and of international and volunteer organisations.
engagement in Haiti will take place on 13 January when he will celebrate
Mass in the convent of the "Paridean" Daughters of Mary who lost fifteen
religious in the disaster, while twelve other sisters were seriously
also has the aim of thanking everyone who collaborated in the huge
efforts of the emergency period, and of renewing the Church's commitment
in the reconstruction, encouraging a new phase of charitable commitment.
Vatican Information Service
(VIS) 20110111 (360)