The Bishop of Clifton, Bishop Declan Lang, has asked people in the Clifton Diocese to pray for and support the relief efforts in Haiti.
Bishop Declan said: “Like me, I am sure you have been moved by scenes of tragedy and devastation in Haiti.
“The people of that country have had their lives traumatised at a level that we will hopefully never experience. People are wandering the streets having lost family, friends and their homes. Hospitals, schools and churches have been destroyed depriving people of the few resources they had. There are food shortages and water is scarce.
“Please keep the people of Haiti in your prayers. I would also ask you to support the collection that has been organised by CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) in the face of the catastrophe. CAFOD is working with Caritas Haiti and Catholic Relief Services (US).
“Please also remember to pray for those people who have gone to Haiti in response to this tragedy. Obviously most of us are unable to join the relief agencies but we can support them with our prayers and financial contributions.”
Bishop Declan Lang is Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Department of International Affairs