Pope hails Italian nun slain in Haiti as martyr

By Rumi Samuel Published on June 27, 2022
Pope hails Italian nun slain in Haiti as martyr

Pope Francis on Sunday hailed as a martyr an Italian missionary nun slain in Haiti, where she cared for poor children.

The diocese of Milan says Sister Luisa Dell’Orto, 64, was slain “during an armed aggression, probably with the aim of robbery,” in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.

The Vatican’s media said Dell’Orto, gravely wounded, was taken to a hospital, where she died soon after.

Francis, in remarks to the public in St. Peter’s Square, expressed his closeness to the nun’s family members and noted she had lived there for some 20 years, dedicating herself above all to helping poor children who lived on the street.

“I entrust her soul to God, and I pray for the Haitian people, especially the little ones, so that they can have a more serene future, without misery and violence, ” Francis said.

Dell’Orto “gave her life to others, until the point of martyrdom,″ the pontiff said.

The nun, born in Lombardy, northern Italy, had run a home for children in an impoverished suburb of Port-au-Prince, the Milan diocese said.

Haiti, a Caribbean country, is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.

 

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