Haiti – CRISIS : Letter from the Episcopal Conference of Latin America
In a letter addressed to the Archbishop of Cap-Haïtien Mgr. Launay Saturné, President of the Episcopal Conference of Haiti, the Episcopal Conference of Latin America (CELAM) joined all Catholics in Haiti to ask the Haitian Government listen to the voice of wisdom and advise the Haitian people not to allow violence to become the only way to fight the difficulties.
Letter from the Episcopal Conference of Latin America :
The suffering of the men and women of the dear beloved Republic of Haiti is a clamor rising to the sky, but which must also reach the ears of those who have in their hands the power to help that Haitians can find effective ways to overcome all the obstacles that seriously affect their human dignity and to the sons and daughters of God.
Since the Episcopal Conference of Latin America we are joining your voice, that of the episcopate, priests, of religious men and women and all Catholics in Haiti to ask the Haitian leaders for a way out of the crisis, as you have ‘listen to the voice of wisdom’, but also that they are not hard of hearing to the cry of those who are still more severely affected by the crisis that affects the poor, the elderly, women and children.
We want to fraternally invite the Episcopal Conferences of Latin America and of the Caribbean to join you, first of all, by mobilizing the faithful to carry out days of prayers for Peace and the exit of the painful situation of the country, as well as for the rest of the soul of those who died during these disturbances.
We call on the authorities of our continent and the international community to strengthen the mechanisms of dialogue in Haiti in order to find a peaceful solution to this crisis.
We recommend to Haitians, taking up the word of Pope Francis ‘Do not let hope fly’ and do not allow violence to become the only way to fight against difficulties.
May Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haiti, make you feel ever closer to her Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
Mgr Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte, O.F.M.
President Episcopal Conference of Peru First Vice President of CELAM
President of CELAM
Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer
Archbishop of Trujillo, Perú Archbishop of São Paulo, Brazil
Cardinal Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano
Second Vice-President of CELAM Chairman of the Economic Affairs Council
Mgr Rogelio Cabrera López
Archbishop of Managua, Nicaragua Archbishop of Monterrey, Mexico
President Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua President Episcopal Conference of Mexico
Mgr Juan Carlos Cárdenas Toro
Auxiliary Bishop of Cali, Colombia
Secretary General of CELAM “