Sunday, 16 January 2011 12:10

Diocese continues to pray for Haiti

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On Jan. 12, at the request of Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, people from throughout the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois were asked to take time to remember and pray for the victims of the Haiti earthquake that happened one year ago.

The diocese has already done much to help Haitians, according to Bishop Paprocki. “When tragedy struck Haiti in the form of an earthquake, the people of this diocese responded immediately and generously with an outpouring of concern, prayers and financial contributions,” he said in a letter to priests, deacons and parish life coordinators.

Last year the Springfield diocese sent over $500,000 to Catholic Relief Services — money that was meant especially for Haiti. “I want to thank you for your Christian solidarity with our Haitian brothers and sisters,” said Bishop Paprocki.

Not only have Haitians dealt with the loss of 230,000 lives and 300,000 injuries, but 1.5 million Haitians have been left homeless. Moreover, for the past several months the poverty-stricken Caribbean nation has been hit with a growing cholera outbreak — an illness that had been unseen in Haiti for 50 years. Several thousand people have now died from the disease and over 92,000 have been treated for the illness.

With all these factors working against them, Haitians need prayer, said Vicki Compton, director of the Office for the Missions.

“Our people have been so generous in their financial support for the people of Haiti impacted by the earthquake,” Compton said. “Now we are asking for continued prayerful support for the people, the church and the government of Haiti as they continue their long recovery and rebuilding efforts.”

Updates on Haiti are available by checking out the CRS website