Thursday, oct. 20, 2016 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 56, No. 11 MALTESER INTERNATIONAL CNS Residents stand outside their homes Oct. 5 in Cite Soleil, a slum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after Hurricane Matthew swept through the island nation. Catholic agencies begin hurricane relief Pope, Catholic Relief Services send emergency funding for Haiti By Carol Glatz and Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service As a sign of his closeness and concern, Pope Francis sent aid money to hurricane-stricken Haiti. An initial donation of $100,000 was sent through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum to be distributed through the hardest-hit dioceses to assist flood victims, the council said in a communique Oct. 14. The first round of funding was meant to be a “concrete expression of Pope Francis’ feelings of spiritual closeness and fatherly support for the people and places” that have been affected, it said. The papal contribution is part of the church’s network of humanitarian aid, which includes help from different bishops’ conferences and numerous Catholic charities, it said. Caritas Haiti, with the umbrella organization Caritas Internationalis, launched its first appeal for emergency food aid and sanitation kits for 13,500 people as well as for providing counseling and education in preventing diseases, like cholera, which commonly affect areas lacking sanitation and clean water. Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the U.S. bishops’ overseas relief and devel-opment agency, on Oct. 7 committed $5 million as an initial contribution to help Haiti and other Caribbean nations recover from Hurricane Matthew. CRS planned to send additional staff and vehicles into the region. Among the areas the agency was attempting to reach was Jeremie, a town northwest of Les Cayes. Initial reports said that little was left standing after the storm passed. Thousands of Haitians have been Continued on page 8 HOW TO HELP To help people in Haiti and the Caribbean affected by Hurricane Matthew, donate to Catholic Relief Services online at www.crs.org or by check to: Catholic Relief Services, 228 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201-3443 To help people in the U.S., donate to Catholic Charities USA online at www.catholiccharitiesusa.org or by check to: Catholic Charities USA, P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297-1066 INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGES 6-7 Burying the dead, praying for the dead are works of mercy. PAGES 10-11 World Mission Sunday Oct. 23: A day to recommit to the Church’s missionary activity.