The New List | Assassination of Sister Luisa Dell’Orto in Port-au-Prince, Pope Francis pays tribute to her

Sister Luisa Dell’Orto, a nun of Italian nationality, was seriously wounded by a gunshot on Saturday June 25 in Delmas, a suburb of Port-au-Prince. Taken to the hospital, she succumbed to her injuries. In his homily on Sunday, June 26, 2022, Pope Francis paid tribute to Sr. Luisa.

The infernal machine of insecurity continues to claim victims in Haiti, particularly in the metropolitan areas. One of the latest victims of this growing insecurity is Sister Luisa Dell’Orto.

In a statement, the Curia of the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince confirmed the armed attack on Sr. Luisa Dell’Orto. “Sr. Luisa was seriously injured in an armed attack that killed her and was taken to Bernard Mevs hospital, but unfortunately she succumbed to her injuries,” the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince said.

“Sr. Luisa, an Italian nun of the Little Sisters of the Gospel Congregation, has been on a mission to Haiti for nearly two decades,” the statement said.

Sr. Luisa Dell’Orto has worked, among other things, as a professor of philosophy at the Major Seminary of Notre-Dame d’Haiti and at the Salesian Formation Center
Superior (CESADES).

When asked by Le Nouvelliste, Haiti National Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers stated that people traveling on motorcycles attacked the vehicle in which Sr .Luisa Dell’Orto found.

Gary Desrosiers could not yet say whether it was an attempted kidnapping of Sr. Luisa Dell’Orto.

In his homily last Sunday, the Pope expressed his condolences to the relatives of Sister Luisa Dell’Orto and prayed for a better future for the Haitian people.

“I want to express my closeness to the family and sisters of Sister Luisa Dell’Orto, the little sister of the Gospel of Charles de Foucauld, who was killed in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti,” Pope said Francis and has been emphasizing this for 20 years, Sister Luisa had lived in Haiti caring mainly for street children.

The Pope also prayed this Sunday for the Haitian people, and especially for the children, “so that they can have a more serene future, free from misery and violence,” said the head of the Catholic Church.

On his Twitter account, the Canadian Ambassador to Haiti expressed his bitterness at the news of the attack and death of Sr. Luisa Dell’Orto. “I am overwhelmed by the death yesterday of Sister Luiza Dell Otto, who dedicated her life to serving others. As I am also overwhelmed every day by the daily tragedies that hit this country in terms of insecurity,” wrote Sébastien Carrière.

“Dozens of kidnappings every day, endless human tragedies. We never hear of most of them anywhere else. Not to mention what people in the lawless areas around the capital suffer on a daily basis,” the diplomat added.

He called on the country’s political class, civil society, private sector and business elite to unite to find common solutions to the political and security crisis. “The solution to the crisis must come from Haitians and Haitians,” he said.

“Canada will be there to support these solutions. Regarding security, Canada will continue to support the @pnh_officiel which is and must be at the heart of restoring security. Canada announced $15 million projects with the PNH last January and $10 million for a new safety basket last February. Further announcements will follow this summer,” Ambassador Sébastien Carrière wrote.

Robenson Geffard

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