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O’Malley will visit Haiti to help relief efforts

By Martin Finucane
Globe Staff / February 25, 2010

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Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley plans to travel to Haiti next week to see relief efforts and show the concern of the people of Boston for those in that earthquake-ravaged country, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston said yesterday.

O’Malley announced that parishes had collected nearly $1.8 million for Haiti relief efforts following the massive Jan. 12 quake there.

With dozens of parishes still to report, the total collected is expected to reach $2 million, officials said.

“I am deeply moved by the outpouring of love for our brothers and sisters in Haiti,’’ O’Malley said in a statement.

“Our parishioners’ generosity at a time when so many are experiencing economic hardship speaks to the depth of concern our Catholic family has for the people of Haiti.’’

The money collected in the Boston Archdiocese is being sent to Catholic Relief Services to assist in its efforts.

The cardinal will be in Haiti Monday through Wednesday.

He is a member of a recently formed Haiti Advisory Group that is assisting Catholic leaders in the United States in deciding how best to provide for the long-term needs of the church in Haiti.

Several other clergy leaders will visit Haiti along with O’Malley, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a statement.

“We hold the people of Haiti in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to do all we can to assist our brethren in their time of greatest need,’’ O’Malley said.