Dominican Cardinal Stresses Solidarity With Haiti

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, JAN. 19, 2010 ( The archbishop of Santo Domingo is affirming the solidarity of his country with the earthquake victims in Haiti.

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«We cannot ignore the fact that history has bound us together,» said Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez. «We share the same island.»

El Nuevo Diario, a national newspaper of the Dominican Republic, reported that the cardinal, who is also president of the Dominican bishops’ conference, will preside at a Mass on Wednesday for the Haitians, especially those affected by the Jan. 12 quake.

Last Sunday, the cardinal participated in a telethon program to raise funds for Haiti, and during the event he expressed the hope that his country would «live for» its neighbor.

He underlined the obligation of the Dominican Republic to reach out to disaster-stricken Haiti in this moment.

Faced to this «tremendous challenge,» the prelate called on all Catholics to participate in the cause to assist Haiti, not only through the telethon but also through many other actions.

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