New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to Archbishop Louis Kebreau of Cap Haitien, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Haiti:
Dear Archbishop Kebreau,
On this first anniversary of the tragic earthquake that struck Haiti, I express the ongoing concern and support of our Conference for the Church and people of Haiti. As we all gather to prayerfully remember the dead, as well as those still grieving and suffering, we call on the Lord’s unfailing presence, to strengthen us all and the bonds of communion and solidarity that have bound us together in the wake of this tragedy.
Together with Catholic Relief Services and the many, many Church partnerships between our countries we remain united in prayer and steadfast through the difficult months and years ahead. We have achieved much so far and we will continue our dedication in fraternal love and support.
United in prayer, we call upon our Mother of Perpetual Help:
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for Haiti and for all of us your children; that the light that shines from your Son, Jesus, Our Lord, shine in the darkness, renewing our hope and urging us all to work towards a new Haiti where peace and justice and the love of God shall reign.
Faithfully in Christ,
Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
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