Pope Francis noted again the suffering of the people in Haiti, after he prayed the midday Angelus on October 31.
The Pope mentioned the flooding in Vietnam, and then turned his thoughts to Haiti, offering a very personal, and concrete appeal:
I am also thinking of the population of Haiti who are living in extreme conditions. I ask the leaders of nations to help this country, not to leave it on its own. And all of you, when you return home, look for news about Haiti and pray, pray a lot.
I was watching the program A Sua Immagine, the testimony of that Camillian missionary from Haiti, Father Massimo Miraglio, the things that he was saying … of all the suffering, all the pain that there is in that land, and how much abandonment. Let’s not abandon them!
Last August, the Pope donated 200,000 euros to help the victims of the earthquake, which hit the country hard after the earthquake of nine years ago that still has not been fully recovered from.
During the Angelus of August 15, the Holy Father also called for solidarity to “mitigate the consequences of this tragedy.”
On October 30, the Pontiff received an update from Bishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, who went to Haiti as part of a visit to the Caribbean, from October 12 to 20.