Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 275

Appeals for help Haitian population

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 24 gennaio 2010

Every day, with dismay and sadness, we are able, through the means of mass communication, to see the evidence of the destructive capacity, in human and material terms, of the earthquake which has struck large parts of Haiti. And so again, on behalf, too, of the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe, I wish to assure the peoples caught up in this tragic event of my closeness and prayers. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the States and humanitarian organisations of Europe and the world for their immediate intervention and work in support of the Haitian people. I am mournful at the death of the Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, His Grace The Most Revered Joseph Serge Miot, and the death of many priests, male and female religious, seminarians, as well as the many, many faithful. In these circumstances of pain and suffering, Europe is called to be a sign of hope for those people who in an instant have lost not only the sacrifices and efforts of a lifetime, but also the affection of a relation, friend, neighbour, work colleague. Now, in order to avoid that this natural disaster be transformed into a humanitarian catastrophe at the arrival, in a few months, of the typhoon season, the rebuilding of what has been damaged must begin as soon as possible. Houses, hospital infrastructures, shelter must be provided along with whatever is necessary so that as soon as possible those people, already seriously tested, can begin again to live with total dignity. For this reason, I encourage all the Bishops’ Conferences members of CCEE to continue with their aid efforts for the people of Haiti and I exhort anyone in Europe who is able to give a concrete sign of encouragement and neighbourliness to do so without hesitation, including some economic contribution via the predisposed means available to the church and civil institutions set up for this service.

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