PaPAL MESSAGE FOR FIRST
ANNIVERSARY OF HAITI EARTHQUAKE
(12 january 2011)
The Holy Father
has written the following Message to mark today's first anniversary of
the earthquake in Haiti. The Message was read out by Cardinal Robert
Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, during a
commemorative Mass held in Haiti today.
"In order to mark the first anniversary of the terrible earthquake
which struck your country, I join you all, dear Haitians, to assure you
of my prayers, particularly for the dead", the Pope writes.
"I also wish to pronounce a word of hope in the current particularly
difficult circumstances. The time has come to rebuild, not only material
structures but, and above all, civil, social and religious coexistence.
I hope that the Haitian people will become the main actors in their own
present and future, also with the support of international aid which has
already demonstrated great generosity with economic support and
volunteers coming from all parts of the world.
"I am present among you through Cardinal Robert Sarah, President of
the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. With his presence and his voice,
he brings you my encouragement and affection. I entrust you to the
intercession of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, patroness of Haiti who, I am
sure, in heaven, is not indifferent to your prayers. May God bless all
Vatican Information Service
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