Support from the Bishops of Canada

“For Catholics in Canada, the annual Share Lent Collection offers a special opportunity to hear the cry of the poor and to reach out to those in need,” writes Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Archbishop Smith meets with rural leaders in the suburbs of Port-au-Prince.The Archbishop repeats in his message of support to the annual collection of Development and Peace how moved he was by his recent trip to Haiti.

“It was a moving experience. Time and time again, we met those whose lives had been crushed under the weight of poverty and oppression, but now are able to find new dignity and hope. This is possible because of the generosity of Catholics, the concern of many men and women of good will, and the services offered by Development and Peace, Caritas Internationalis, and other partner organizations that assist the poor and afflicted.”

Archbishop Smith considers that the period of Lent is a privileged moment to listen to the voices of the poor and marginalized. “These are our brothers and sisters whom we can so easily overlook and forget. This is the ministry the Bishops of Canada entrusted to Development and Peace 45 years ago: to help the Church in Canada and each of its members accompany, assist and remember the poor.”