"I appeal to the generosity of everyone, so that our brothers and sisters receive our concrete solidarity and the effective support of the international community in this moment of need and suffering," Pope Benedict said at the conclusion of the hearing on Wednesday.
He also said that the Catholic Church is committed in helping those who have fallen victims of the terrible earthquake in Haiti.
One of the Catholic based charities that has a strong presense in Haiti is Caritas International. The Vatican-based umbrella organization for Catholic charities, said it was mobilizing to provide immediate assistance to Haiti. On Jan. 13 Caritas had already assembled an emergency relief team to fly to Haiti to assist Caritas members already working in the country. It said there had not yet been contact with the Haitian Caritas office.
Caritas Internationalis Humanitarian Director Alistair Dutton was leading the emergency relief team, Caritas said in a statement. The local staff will provide support to survivors of the earthquake and shelters through churches and parish networks.
The organization also said that the US-based Catholic Relief Services is communicating with Caritas to coordinate help.
Written by Armen Hareyan