Call for prayer for Haiti
Catholic Mission joins Pope Benedict XVI in calling Australians to pray for the people of Haiti, following the major earthquake yesterday and news that the local archbishop had been killed.
Port-au-Prince Archbishop Joseph Serge-Miot was found dead and churches, seminaries and schools have been destroyed. The Pope called for “everyone to join in my prayer to the Lord for the victims of this catastrophe and for those who are mourning their loss”.
Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world, and last year alone received more than AU$500,000 in support from Catholic Mission internationally.
Funding supported the work of the Church in basic and preventative healthcare, education, pastoral care and building projects, including reconstruction of the Port-au-Prince Archbishop’s offices after massive flooding in May 2009.
“Last year floods hit; now the earthquake has shocked us with the extent of its devastation,” said Martin Teulan, Catholic Mission National Director in Australia. “We are saddened by the news of Archbishop Serge-Miot and how many lives have been lost.”
“Catholic Mission internationally is preparing now to provide for hospitals, schools and churches, and will continue rebuilding for years to come. Right now the key is to get people out – those who are trapped in rubble and crying out. Pray that their cries will be heard quickly.”
“When the Victorian bushfires devastated people’s lives here a year ago, the greatest response we received for prayer came from the people of Haiti and the Caribbean – people who understand what it means to have little. Their prayers strengthened us. Our prayers will be greatly appreciated and encourage them.”
Prayers can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.