Haiti: Mother Teresa's Sisters are safe

religion | Jan 15, 2010 | By UCA News

The Missionaries of Charity (MC), the religious order founded by Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, have expressed relief that their nuns working in Haiti are safe.

Sister Christie told UCA News Jan. 15 that they have learned from various sources that all their nuns in the quake-hit Caribbean nation are accounted for.

The nun, who handles her congregation’s media relations, said although they are relieved, they are deeply saddened by the devastation and loss of life.

Tens of thousands of people are feared dead following the 7.0 magnitude quake on Jan. 12 that devastated the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot of Port-au-Prince was among the victims.

Sister Christie said the MC congregation in India had no direct contact with their nuns working in the Caribbean nation. She could not provide a figure for the number of MC nuns working there, but said they manage nine houses and work with the destitute, handicapped and orphaned children. They also work with adult patients, the elderly and the dying.

According to “Cincinnati Enquirer” reporter Mark Curnutte, who does relief work in Haiti, an MC-run orphanage has collapsed. However, the children, nuns and volunteers are all accounted for, he said in an article.

The nuns are from Albania and India, he said.

Meanwhile, Caritas India, the social action arm of the Indian Catholic bishops, has joined nationwide efforts to rush relief aid to Haiti, its executive director Father Varghese Mattamana told UCA News. He said his agency was to convene a meeting on Jan. 15 to decide how to get the aid to the quake survivors.

The Indian government has already promised US$1 million in cash for immediate emergency relief.



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