hours following the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, the Holy
Father made an appeal for the mobilization of spiritual and material
assistance, declaring that "the Catholic Church shall not fail to
activate herself immediately through her charitable institutions"
(General Audience, January 13, 2010).
other tragedies, Catholics are already being zealous in providing
tangible aid. Several Catholic agencies are at work and are sending
manpower, which is especially urgent. The Pontifical Council Cor
Unum, in direct contact with Catholic Relief Services, the
international humanitarian agency of the Bishops of the United
States, has asked it to coordinate the relief efforts at this stage.
The 300 plus on-the-ground personnel, who have long been active in
Haiti, and the past experience, expertise and resources of CRS will
enable prompt and effective coordination of the Church's efforts,
which, in the words of Pope Benedict, must be generous and concrete
to meet the pressing needs of our Haitian brothers and sisters.
Bollettino della Sala Stampa
della Santa Sede 27/2010, 14.1.2010
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