Cardinal Cordes Takes Benedict XVI's Aid to Haiti
Funds Directed Toward Rebuilding a School
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VATICAN CITY, JULY 16, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, will visit Haiti next week to deliver the Pope's aid to the quake-stricken nation.
The German cardinal's visit is planned for July 22, which will coincide with a visit to the neighboring Dominican Republic where he will take part in a meeting of the administrative council of the Populorum Progressio Foundation.
During the meeting the foundation will discuss the financing of 20 development projects in Haiti by the Pope's Foundation.
The cardinal, along with representatives of the foundation, "will make several visit to the refugee camps run by the Catholic Church and will celebrate a Mass, together with the local church, in one of them," revealed the Vatican in a press statement.
A meeting will be held at the Apostolic Nunciature with the representatives of humanitarian organizations present in Haiti, and a visit will be made to the headquarters of the national Caritas.
On the occasion of the visit, Cardinal Cordes," in the name of the Holy Father, will allocate US$250,000, the first handing over of funds for the rebuilding of St. Francis de Sales school in Port-au-Prince, destroyed during the quake. It will also make a donation to Caritas-Haiti, always in the Holy Father's name."