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Haitian cardinal emphasizes importance of evangelization

Catholic World News - June 13, 2014

In a recent interview, Haiti’s first cardinal spoke of evangelization as his leading concern.

“There is the concern to build a Church that must continue evangelizing, assuming her responsibilities, so that the Good News becomes the culture; that Christians are reinforced in their faith and become missionaries,” Cardinal Chibly Langlois said in an interview with the Zenit news agency. “Evangelization is a concern for everyone, especially for me … In Haiti, thank God, we have many vocations – in the dioceses, in religious communities, men and women.”

“We are concerned about the social situation, the reconstruction of the nation, because there is too much poverty and many people who cannot work to earn their living,” he added. Four years after a massive earthquake, “there are difficulties with being able to drink, to eat, to clothe oneself; many people are still living in tents.”

Cardinal Langlois revealed that he had not been informed that Pope Francis had named him a cardinal before he started receiving messages of congratulations from friends. “I did not know [the Pope] and I had not met him before, but I like him a lot, the way he presents himself and how he wishes to orient the Church today,” the cardinal said.

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