It is with great relief that I have read the "Communiquι" published by the Haitian Conference of Religious (Conference Haitienne Des Religieux) following the most recent events which have disturbed the conscience of the majority of the Haitian people whose profound aspirations for justice and for human dignity constitute the basis of peace and development.
The Communiquι reflects the feelings of this silent majority; it expresses also the evangelical spirit which inspires and propels the action of religious men and women who, faithful to the doctrine set forth in the Conciliar Constitution "Gaudium et Spes", make theirs "the joy and the hope, the sadness and the anxiety of men, of the poor above all and of all those who are suffering" (G.S. no 1) and "who long and thirst for justice" (Mt.5, 6).
Through this Communiquι and the one published last October 24, the Haitian Conference of Religious expresses its growing solidarity with His Holiness John Paul II who has opted for Man, for Man "as envisioned by God, chosen by Him for eternity and intended for grace and glory," the fullness of mystery of which he has become a participant in Jesus Christ and of which each one of the four billion men living on this planet is a participant" (Redemptor Hominis).
It is "in the name of this absolutely unique value of man, and in the name of this power that the Son of God offers to each one by becoming a man" (John-Paul II, Christmas message of 1978) that the Haitian Conference of Religious is raising its voice. I entirely adhere to it.
Accept, Dear Father, the renewed assurances of my fraternal sentiments in Our Lord.