Skip to content
Deacon Keith Fournier Hi reader, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

In Haiti, bishops say country must 'wake up to solve national problems

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes

By (CNA/EWTN)
2/14/2019 (8 months ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Following deadly protests against Haiti's president and the drowning deaths of at least 28 people in an illegal crossing to the Bahamas, the country's Catholic bishops have said all Haitians must come together for a wise solution to the country's dangers.

Highlights

By (CNA/EWTN)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
2/14/2019 (8 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Haiti, wake up, national problems


Port-au-Prince, Haiti, (CNA/EWTN News) - "We must wake up to take together the full measure of the danger that threatens us all. This is the moment to join our forces and our intelligence to save our common boat, Haiti, which is our pride," the Catholic Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Haiti said Feb. 11.

They cited the Gospel of Matthew passage in which the seaborne disciples cry out to Christ as their boat starts to sink: "Lord, save us, we are perishing!"

"The hour is serious because there is violence against life. We deplore the losses in both human lives and property recorded recently in illegal travel and demonstrations," they added. "We take this opportunity to present our sympathies to the victims and relatives of the victims."

Four days of political demonstrations against President Jovenel Moise drew thousands of people, but also led to unrest that contributed to four deaths and dozens of injuries, BBC News reports.

Opponents accuse Moise and other leaders of corruption after a court report alleged that Haitian officials and former ministers misappropriated loans from Venezuela made to Haiti after 2008. The report suggested the president had a role in the irregularities.

The protesters have called on Moise to step down. He has been president since 2017.

Haiti's Catholic bishops stressed the urgency of the country's situation.

"The hour is serious, the misery is increasing, the common good is threatened. The country is on the edge of the abyss! This situation cannot be prolonged," they said. "Let us wake up to listen to God, Master of wisdom and Principle of all life. Let us listen to the people he loves so much."

Migrants leaving Haiti by boat have sometimes risked their lives to enter other countries.

In early February, a boat of migrants sank six miles off the coast of Marsh Harbour in the Abaco Islands in the north of the Bahamas, BBC News reports.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force rescued 17 people, but the bodies of 28 migrants were recovered, BBC News reports.

About 300 people from Haiti have been caught attempting illegal entry into the Bahamas.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Caribbean. Sixty percent of people there live on less than $2 per day. The deadly boat sinking happened nearest to the island of Fowl Cay, where luxury villas cost as much as $4,300 per night.

People from Haiti who attempt illegal crossings also attempt to reach the Turks and Caicos Islands. Most migrants are intercepted at sea and deported back to Haiti.

The bishops' Feb. 11 message fell on the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes and the Catholic Church's World Day of the Sick.

"We must find a solution of wisdom that takes into account the best interests of the nation and the defense of the common good," the bishops said. "In this sense, we appeal to the citizen conscience of the various parties for a patriotic decision, even if only at the cost of great sacrifices."

They asked for prayers for Haiti and for the country to turn towards God.

 

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK


Comments


More Asia Pacific

Australian government limits scope of report on anti-discrimination laws Watch

Image of Australian flag

A hearing of the Australian Senate was told Tuesday that the government had narrowed the purview of an independent inquiry into the effect ... continue reading


Hong Kong court says redefining marriage is beyond its authority Watch

Image of Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal

A court in Hong Kong has ruled against the recognition of same-sex partnerships, upholding the government's policy of not recognizing ... continue reading



Catholic snakebite clinic in India saves thousands of lives each year Watch

Image of Sr. Philomena Guria RNDM treating a snake bite patient

In most religious orders' novitiate year, prospective sisters study and pray. Sister Crescencia Sun, however, had another habit to acquire: ... continue reading


Anything that threatens Communism is a target, Chinese human rights advocate says Watch

Image of

A Chinese human rights activist and former political prisoner has called for renewed focus on the country's practices of mass detention, ... continue reading


Macau diocese angered by government light show on church ruins Watch

Image of Ruins of St. Pauls

A diocese in southern China expressed disappointment Wednesday regarding a patriotic light-show that had been projected on the remains of a ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.