We’ve made the news in Rome, and the topic is Haiti disaster relief. Cross Catholic President Jim Cavnar was recently interviewed by a Vatican reporter for an inside perspective on Haiti’s humanitarian crisis. Jim’s comments were published in a story announcing Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to finance the rebuilding of a Port-au-Prince seminary destroyed by the quake.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
“The Haitians have always been very religious, even though they are very poor, and their faith has remained remarkably strong in the face of such tragedy,” Cavnar said after meeting with Cardinal Paul Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.
Cavnar, who visited Haiti in February, said, “The church in Haiti was hit very hard” by the earthquake, which killed dozens of church workers and severely damaged churches, schools, hospitals and seminaries. Still, he said, even the day after the quake, walking through the streets of the city, one would come across groups of people praying and singing hymns.
Each year, the Pope chooses a specific cause to support with the collection from his Holy Thursday evening Mass. His decision to fund the seminary will be a huge encouragement to Catholics in disaster-stricken Haiti. When the Pope first made the announcement, Jim was in Rome meeting with Cardinal Paul Cordes, head of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the group responsible for distributing the Vatican’s humanitarian funds. Cross Catholic collaborates with Cor Unum, and thus with the Pope, by giving about $500,000 per year to specific projects in need of funding.
Catholic Outreach’s close relationship with Vatican officials and years of experience in Haiti have equipped us to speak to Catholics in a meaningful way about the ongoing recovery efforts. Jim has a great passion for the people of Haiti and is working overtime to ensure that the world does not forget the deep needs of this desperately poor country.