Bishops announce year of prayer for Haiti

Anti-government protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in February (CNS/Ivan Alvarado, Reuters)

The Catholic bishops of Haiti have announced a year of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration for the country, which continues to face heightened tensions and instability amid calls for President Jovenel Moise to resign. Source: CNA.

“The misery has become so sharp and the insecurity so destabilising that the tree of hope has been torn from the ground,” the Haitian bishops conference said.

For months, protests have rocked the impoverished nation, following an official audit report finding billions of dollars missing from a government program intended to benefit low-income Haitian residents.

The 600-page report, released on May 31, implicates the three most recent presidential administrations in serious financial corruption.

Protests have turned violent, with schools and businesses shutting down, and roadblocks impairing the distribution of food, water, and medication.

Faced with this grim reality, the bishops of Haiti said that the upcoming year – which will last until the Feast of Pentecost on May 31, 2020 – will be dedicated to praying for hope and an eradication corruption in the country.

“Hasn't the Lord always listened to the voice of His people crying for him? Are we not his people, His flock?” the bishops said in a communique, Vatican News reported.

Each diocese will organise specific events as part of the year of prayer and adoration.

The bishops called on the people of Haiti to pray, individually and in prayer groups over the coming year, seeking “to consecrate and restore to God the destiny of our country and our people”.

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