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Pope Francis to convoke a conference in Haiti in January 2015

Pontifical Council President Cardinal Robert Sarah made a visit to Haiti Thanksgiving week with the express purpose of demonstrating spiritual solidarity with the country as they continue to recover from the devastating effects of the 2010 earthquake. He also came to help launch Leogane's Notre Dame des Anges School, which the papal diplomatic mission helped the Leogane Church build.

At this time Pope Francis announced his desire to summon a conference on Haiti in Vatican City to be held on January 10, 2015. He is doing this so awareness of Haiti's continued need for humanitarian aid does not get forgotten. Thousands still remain homeless and the cholera epidemic rages on. The Holy Father wants to stress the Church's empathy for the Haitian people. The Pontifical Commission for Latin America and the Pontifical Council will coordinate with local bishops to organize the conference.

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No real reconstruction without reconstruction of the person as a whole, Pope Francis

On January 10, 2014, in the Clementine Hall in the Vatican, Pope Francis has addressed to the participants of a special meeting to mark the fifth anniversary of the 2010 earthquake. He has said that in the process of reconstruction, humanitarian and pastoral activities should never compete, they should rather complement each other; as each needs the other, and together they can build Haitians more matured persons. Rebuilding efforts should rest on three solid pillars: the human person, ecclesial communion, and the local Church. With church's helps to the brothers and sisters of Haiti, the church has been able to show its contributing effort and it has again proved the greatest strength of the charitable services in motivating upliftment. Charity is the inner life of the Church. The second pillar of ecclesial communion consists of many religious institutions, various dioceses, and charitable organizations. Their contribution and charity work is more authentic because charity becomes genuine and incisive when it originates in communion. The Church in Haiti should become always more alive and fruitful, to witness to Christ and towards its welfare service for the nation.

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His Holiness Pope Francis to meet Michel Martelly

God must, indeed, be smiling down on Haiti. This would be evident even if the recent appointment of one of the country's own priests as a cardinal were the only backing for the claim. However, His Holiness Pope Francis had a scheduled meeting with Haitian President Michelle Martelly on February 24, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

The Pope officially appointed Haitian Cardinal, Chibly Langlois to the ranks of Cardinal on February 22, 2014 at an ordinary public consistory, which is the rite in which new Cardinals are selected by the Pope. This was at St. Peters Basicilla in Vatican City. During this inauguration, Langlois, who is also the Bishop of Les Cayes, was made His Eminence Cardinal Chibly Langlois.

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Pope Francis received President Michel Martelly in private audience

Haitian President Michel Martelly's recent tour of Europe was timed to coincide with Cardinal Chibly Langlois'(Haiti's first cardinal) induction into the College of Cardinals. Martelly was granted an audience with Pope Francis after a presentation of the Haiti delegation was made to him. The delegates each received a blessing from Francis: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Pierre-Richard Casimir; Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Haiti to the Holy See, Karl Henry Guiteau; Special Counsellor to the Presidency, Gregory Mayard-Paul; and President of the Senate, Simon Desras Dieuseul.

After the introductions, President Martelly and Pope Francis exchanged symbolic tributes. Martelly presented Francis a bronze dove of peace, and he in turn gave Martelly the Angel of Peace medal. He also gave him the Aparecida. As a courtesy gift for the First Lady he gave her the Gaudiam Evangelii.

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January 12's Vatican Message, Haitian Cardinal Chibly Langlois

When the news of the ascension of Bishop Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes as the first Haitian Cardinal reached Haiti on Sunday 12 January, the Haitian people and the local Catholic Church were both surprised and happy. The Haitians got their first Cardinal exactly on the same day when four years ago a terrible earthquake took hundreds of thousands lives in Haiti. Bishop Chibly Langlois is the president of the Haitian bishops' who is respected by Haitians for his immense service in the post earthquake era in Haiti.

Haiti is the place where most of the poorest of the poor live in western hemisphere. Many of us do not remember that this is the place in America where the Cross of Jesus Christ was first placed. On 6 December, 1492, Christopher Columbus along with his other European companions when arrived on this island, to bring the land under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church, his first act was to plant a cross on the beach at Môle St. Nichola and establish the first Spanish colony on the island.

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A shift by Vatican in Hispaniola as new cardinal elected

The new Roman Catholic Pope has, at the outset of his run, taken stances and made decisions that have had him labeled as reformative. His latest appointment of a Cardinal for the island of Hispaniola has been one more such move, Chibly Langlois.

There can only be one! The Spanish part of the island, the Dominican Republic, has always held the honor of being home to a Roman Cardinal. But, after Pope Francis' recent naming of his 19 new cardinals, it is Haiti and its 'little priest that could' which now has the ear and attention of the Holy See.

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Who is Bishop Chibly Langlois, Haiti New Cardinal?

On January 12, 2014, Pope Francis has selected Bishop Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes as the first Haitian cardinal. The new cardinal is a 55 year old tireless worker who never forgot his impoverished childhood.

Chibly Langlois was born in La Valle in southeast Haiti and rose in a poor family. He is one among the 19 new cardinals named by Pope Francis on January 12. He is the youngest and the only non-archbishop in the group. The Haitian Catholic leaders believe this selection by Pope is a recognition of his service to the victims of devastating earthquake in 2010. The seismic activity killed over 220,000 people three years ago and left 1.5 million homeless. Even the archbishop of the capital city Port-au-Prince died in the quake and the city's iconic cathedral was toppled. It is truly a historic news for Haiti and a big appreciation of its church's dedicated work undertaken in difficult time in the post-earthquake period.

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Not to Share Wealth with Poor is Theft, Pope Francis

On November 27, 2013, Pope Francis, the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church has taken aim at capitalism and termed it as theft unless wealth is shared with poor. In an 84-page document, he has urged that to save the economy, the world leaders should intensify their efforts to fight against poverty and inequality.

Rich people should share their wealth with the poor. Pope Francis also warned that the present financial system supports uneven distribution of wealth; people are becoming aggressive, corrupted, and heartless. They always want to accumulate more for own. Nobody cares when a homeless aged person dies carelessly but if the stock market loses two points it becomes a sensational news.

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Mgr Langlois Chibly, New Haitian Cardinal

Here is the new Haitian Cardinal, Mgr Langlois Chibly. He was nominated by Pope Francis on January 12, 2014.

Monseigneur Langlois Chibly is 55 year old who was born in the Valley of Jacmel.

He was ordained priest in 1991 and by 2004, he was appointed Bishop in the city of Fort-Liberte. He then moved to Les Cayes to bicome the Bishop there.

Politically, Monseigneur Chibly was expected to take part in the dialogue between President Michel Martelly and the opposition to find a solution to the current political crisis in Haiti

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Haitian Cardinal named by Pope Francis

On Sunday, Pope Francis named his first batch of cardinals and one of those selected is Haitian. This means for the first time a Haitian Cardinal will be among those who will be eligible to elect the next pope.

Monseigneur Langlois Chibly, Bishop of Les Cayes is now new Cardinal from Haiti. This is the first in the history of the country.

How about that?

Pope Francis said he will elevate a total of 19 prelates to the rank of cardinal on February. The new cardinals include people from Italy, Germany, Britain, Nicaragua, Canada, Ivory Coast, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea, Chile, Burkina Faso, the Philippines and Haiti.

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