VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict spoke about the disastrous earthquake in Haiti at his noon blessing today, expressing sadness at the death of Archbishop Joseph Miot of Port-au-Prince as well as the many others who lost their lives. As the Catholic Church takes a leading role in the recovery, the pope said he was following those efforts closely.
Here is a translation of his Italian-language remarks delivered after his Angelus prayer:
In these days out thoughts are turned toward the dear population of Haiti, as well as our heartfelt prayers. The apostolic nuncio, who thanks be to God is all right, is keeping me continually informed, and so I have learned of the sad death of the archbishop, as well as so many priests, religious and seminarians. I am following and encouraging the efforts of numerous charity organizations that are dealing with the immense needs of the country. I am praying for the injured, for the homeless and for those who tragically have lost their lives.