Sends Message to Country's President and Bishops
Benedict XVI is affirming that the Church will not abandon the Haitian people and will do everything possible to contribute to the country's reconstruction after the Jan. 12 earthquake.
The Pope wrote this in messages to the Haitian president, René Préval, and the president of the country's bishops' conference, Archbishop Louis Kébreau of Cap-Haitien.
Both messages, publicized Saturday by the Vatican press office, affirmed the Pontiff's sorrow for the quake victims and his nearness to the survivors.
In his letter to Haitian civil leader, the Holy Father expressed his prayer that God would "welcome into the peace of his kingdom all those who died in the earthquake" and "grant consolation to their families, who, often, were unable to provide their deceased loved ones a worthy burial."
The Haitian authorities recently reported that 111,500 people have been found dead and another 193,891 are injured, with 3 million people displaced.
"I pray also," Benedict XVI added, "that the spirit of solidarity will live in the hearts of all and that calm will reign in the streets, so that the generous aid that is arriving from all countries will bring relief to all and the people who today have lost everything will be comforted in knowing that the entire international community is taking care of them in concrete ways." READ MORE