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.


In his address, Pope Francis thanked the bishops of Haiti and the representatives of the charitable institutions who have contributed immensely for the people of Haiti. While concluding his address, Pope Francis expressed his gratitude to those present and urged them to continue along the path of healing and rebuilding Haiti. The meeting was entitled as "The Communion of the Church: Memory and hope for Haiti, 5 Years After the Earthquake" convened by the Pontifical Council for Latin America and the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" in collaboration with the bishops of Haiti. The other attendees of the meeting included the representatives of the Holy See, bishops and Episcopal conferences and representatives of several charitable and religious organizations.

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