When Pope Benedict XVI said we must be “personally outraged by the injustices in the world” to end the marginalization of the world’s poor, he was issuing a challenge to Catholics everywhere: Let’s put global poverty on the map.
The emergency response in Haiti is now in its sixth week and the rainy season is beginning. We are all feeling the pain and stress of what will be a prolonged recovery with many stages, and yet we can also share in the hope displayed by the strong and spiritual Haitian people.
While roads are starting to clear and food and aid are reaching hundreds of thousands of people, the needs are still enormous in Haiti. Toppled buildings, sprawling camps and tented homes set up on the roadside are sobering reminders of the long road ahead.