Pictures and reports from Haiti following yesterday’s catastrophic earthquake reflect unimaginable devastation and human suffering. The estimate of hundreds-of-thousands of deaths makes it one of history’s most tragic events. International aid is having difficulty reaching the Haitian people because of the extent of the damage.
It is estimated that about 80 percent of the population of Haiti is Catholic.
Among the dead is Archbishop Joseph Serge Minot of Port au Prince who died at his desk when the chancery was destroyed along with the cathedral and the seminary. Over 100 priests and seminarians reportedly were killed when the building where they were on retreat collapsed.
We share the anguish of our suffering brothers and sisters. Catholic agencies are mustering to provide aid to alleviate the suffering, but there will be much help needed to rebuild the devastated land.
I have directed that a special collection be taken up this weekend at all Masses in the diocese to assist the people of Haiti.
Open your hearts and your pocketbooks. Be generous with your prayers and your contributions
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