Pope Francis praises work of nun killed in Haiti – Vatican News – English

Pope Francis expresses condolences to the family and religious community of Sister Luisa Dell’Orto, who was killed in Haiti on Saturday

Vatican News staff reporters

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Just last year, in a letter to a missionary group, Sister Luisa wrote about her decision to continue her work in Haiti. “You’ll tell me I’m a little crazy. Why stay here? Why take ‘risk’? What is the point of living in such discomfort? Wouldn’t it be better for people to solve their own problems?

“We can’t keep quiet about what we’ve seen and heard.”

“Being able to count on someone is important for life! And testifying that you can count on solidarity that comes from faith and love for God is the greatest gift we can offer.”

On Saturday, Sr. Luisa was seriously injured during an armed attack on the streets of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. She was rushed to hospital, but died soon after, just two days less than her 65th birthday.

Sister Luisa was a member of the Little Sisters of the Gospel, a religious community inspired by St. Charles de Foucauld, and has lived in Port-au-Prince for more than two decades, “dedicated primarily to serving street children,” Pope Francis recalled on Sunday.

“Here, yes, she really gave her life to work, that’s certainly a fact,” Maria Adele Dell’Orto, Sister Louise’s biological sister, said in a statement to Vatican News. “She was aware that something could happen … because it is obvious, even in the last letter she said, that the situation was very difficult. But she wanted to stay and testify. “

Mary Adele was comforted by the fact that her sister had followed the path taken by St. Charles. “In these hours, I think about how she always lived in the footsteps of Charles de Foucauld, and today I think she died like him.”

In his words of prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis, in his words to Angelus, surrendered the soul of Sr. Luisa to God and prayed for the people of Haiti, “especially for the little ones, to have a more peaceful future, without misery and violence.”

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