Even before the devastating earthquake of January 2010, Haiti was already the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. Natural disasters, violence and political unrest, poverty and hunger all played their part; it has sometimes seemed that the Haitian people were spared almost nothing in the way of suffering.
The majority of Haiti‘s population consist of descendants of former African slaves. Today, almost 7 million of the country‘s 8.6 million or so inhabitants are at least nominally Catholics – though syncretist and pagan rituals and especially the voodoo cult are still very widespread among the population. But the Church is working very hard to instill a purer form of Catholic faith in people‘s hearts, and there are many very lively parishes in which the faithful live their faith with great devotion and deep piety.
One such parish is the Parish of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in the ‘Village Créole,’ a new suburb in the town of Hinche in the east of the country, on the frontier with the Dominican Republic. This suburb has grown rapidly over the past 25 years; it now has a population of some 70,000 Catholics! Yet, it has not had a parish church of its own, and Holy Mass has to be celebrated in temporary accommodations. This is not a long-term situation, especially as there is often not enough space for the congregation.
The Catholic faithful are poor, and they have made big sacrifices to be able to purchase a plot of land on which to build a church, even if they still have nowhere near enough to pay for its construction. To respond to this need and good-faith effort, ACN is committing to help with a contribution of $85,700.
Will you give so that these poor faithful in Haiti can have their own parish church?
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