In his role as Chairman of the Board for Catholic Relief Services, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York visited Haiti this past weekend. While there, he was celebrant of the funeral Mass of Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot and Msgr. Charles Benoit, vicar general for the Archdiocese of Port-Au-Prince, both of whom died in the devastating earthquake.
"I find myself having experienced profoundly both the sorrow, the tragedy, the darkness and death of Good Friday, and the beginnings of the light and radiance and hope in resurrection of Easter. My experience these last 48 hours have been a bit of both," Archbishop Dolan said in an interview with the New York press after his visit. "...When I went to St. Frances de Sales Hospital, which is a hospital supported by Catholic Relief Services, there in the rubble was the whole neonatal unit. And you could see the ruins of the incubators and the beds, crushed. You could see the rocks piled one on the other. And there were the mothers there crying because over 40 of their babies were there in the rubble. When they asked me just to pray with them and to give that grave a blessing, you can imagine what a Good Friday experience that was."
You can see photos and read Archbishop Dolan's comments by visiting his blog, The Gospel in the Digital Age, by clicking HERE. You can listen to the interview with the New York press by clicking HERE.
Catholic Relief Services continues to run updates and photos on its site as well. Get the latest by clicking HERE.