MANILA, Oct. 12, 2016— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has committed aid for victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, requesting a second collection be made during Masses in Manila’s parishes.
Funds collected will be donated to Caritas Haiti, which is among the organizations responding to survivors’ plight in the wake of the recent storm.
He said Haiti, aside from being a poor country, has never fully recovered from the earthquake that killed thousands of people in 2010 and the cholera epidemic that followed.
“That’s why we are knocking on your doors in this Year of Mercy, let us perform these acts of mercy,” said the prelate over Manila archdiocese-run Radio Veritas.
The second collection will be made during Saturday afternoon Masses and all liturgical celebrations on Sunday.
The cardinal said other dioceses and church-based organizations are doing their own initiatives to raise funds for victims of the hurricane that claimed over 1,000 lives and destroyed tens of thousands of homes
Caritas Internationalis, which is currently headed by Cardinal Tagle, said more than 15,500 people have fled their homes in Haiti, and 350,000 need help.
Caritas Haiti director Fr. Jean Hervé François described the hurrican’s effects on the south of the country as “catastrophic”.
Caritas has recently launched an international appeal for 250,000 euros to provide medical help, shelter, water, and sanitation for the people of Haiti.
The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has also committed an initial US$5 million to help Haiti and other countries in the Caribbean recover from Hurricane Matthew. (R. Lagarde/CBCPNews)