Pope Francis called on world leaders to aid the people of Haiti as the country continues to descend into chaos due to widespread violence, economic instability and natural disasters.
Haiti never stops dying. It’s the sad truth. The people in the streets say this, and according to my little experience in Haiti as a Catholic priest, Haiti is dying.
Bishop Pierre André Dumas in Haiti urged the gang that kidnapped 17 people from an Ohio mission group to release them immediately.
As Christian missionaries and family members, some as young as 8 months old, were still being held for ransom in Haiti by a gang notorious for group kidnappings, other charities and religious groups examined how they can remain safe while delivering humanitarian aid.
A priest living in a suburb of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, says armed gangs have taken control of 30% to 40% of the capital city and its surrounding suburbs, which has coincided with a surge of violence and crime.
To describe the ever-worsening circumstances in Haiti, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami invokes the Haitian Creole word “gagòt,” which simply translates to “mess.”
The world can no longer ignore the suffering of the people of Haiti, an island that has been exploited and pillaged by wealthier nations for centuries, said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
As many as 17 American missionaries were reportedly kidnapped by gang members in Haiti on Saturday, Oct. 16, including 14 adults and three children, according to an Ohio-based humanitarian aid group.
A group of Black Catholic administrators is calling on “Catholic leaders to do something, to say something” about undertones of racism they say is playing out in the treatment of Haitians at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The migrants camped beneath the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas may have been dispersed by Sept. 24, but the impact of the latest chapter in this year’s border crisis will still be experienced nationwide, as thousands of the refugees are relocating across the U.S.