‘Haiti in danger of collapsing’: Haiti’s Roman Catholic Archbishop appeals for change in face of crisis

Roman Catholic Archbishop Max Leroy Mesidor.

Roman Catholic Archbishop Max Leroy Mesidor is calling on all political actors to “listen to the voice of wisdom” as thousands of people took to the streets in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in a silent march.

The march comes as opposition forces continue to press demands for President Jovenel Moise, who is accused of being corrupt, to step down.

The march on Tuesday (Oct 22) was organised by Haitian Conference of Religious (CHR) that has warned of the “unprecedented humanitarian crisis” in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

Speaking during a mass at the Cathedral of Port-au-Prince at the end of the march, Archbishop Mesidor said that the situation facing Haiti was very serious and that the country was in danger of collapsing. He said 36 years after Pope John Paul had said “something must change here” nothing much has been done to improve the lives of the poor.

Demonstrators in Haiti.

‘As long as this is not the case, there will never be peace.’

— Archbishop Max Leroy Mesidor

“What are the structures put in place to change the situation of the poor? What policies are put in place to prioritize the poor? Something needs to change in this country. As long as this is not the case, there will never be peace,” he told the congregation.

‘I implore them in the name of God to make the most admirable sacrifices in order to find a quick solution to this crisis.’

— Archbishop Max Leroy Mesidor

He said he was appealing to all political stakeholders to put aside their differences and work for the socio-economic improvement of the island.
“Faced with this situation of misery and danger, I appeal. I appeal to the Head of State, government collaborators, parliamentarians, politicians, all those who sincerely want to help Haiti. I beg them, in the name of God, to listen to the voice of wisdom. I implore them in the name of God to make the most admirable sacrifices in order to find a quick solution to this crisis,” he added.