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.

Cardinal Sarah's schedule was crammed. November 26th, he visited Caritas and met with church officials Msgr. Erick Touissant; Father Herve Francois, president and director, beside Catholic non-government organizations doing charity work in the area. The following day, November 27th, he was at Notre Dame des Anges that is run by the Society of Jesus, and whose construction was funded by the Vatican. He then rushed off to a special meeting with President Martelly. On November 28th, Cardinal Sarah met with the Episcopal Conference of Haiti, who involve themselves with reconstruction and humanitarian efforts

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