Canadian Bishops on Solidarity Mission to HaitiThursday, December 08 2011
The visit of CCCB President, Archbishop Richard Smith, and Vice President, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, is intended to 1) celebrate the long-standing relationship between the Church in Haiti and the Church in Canada; 2) deepen the relationship of the Bishops of Canada with the Bishops of Haiti; 3) see firsthand the reconstruction and emergency aid projects that are being assisted by CCODP because of the generous donations of Canadian Catholics; 4) recognize and encourage the dedicated work of Canadian religious and other Canadian volunteers in Haiti.
The two Bishops will be accompanied by the Conference’s Assistant
The visit has been scheduled shortly before the second anniversary of the January 2010 earthquake, the worst to hit
Canadian Catholics contributed more than $20 million to CCODP in response to the disaster. Within the year following the earthquake, Development and Peace had already disbursed $2.8 million to support the emergency relief projects of its 24 partners in the country, which included a number of religious communities. An additional $10 million has now also been committed for 2011 to 2013 to reconstruction projects.