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Pope close to Haiti people, 1 year after quake

Sunday, January 09, 2011 | 1:29 PM    

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Pope close to Haiti people, 1 year after quake

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI says he feels constantly close to the population of Haiti after last year's catastrophic quake and a cholera outbreak.

Benedict said during his Angelus prayer today that he wished to remember the "Haiti people a year after the terrible earthquake, which was unfortunately followed by a grave cholera epidemic."

More than 1 million people remain homeless in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, and cholera has killed more than 2,400 people nationwide since October.

Speaking from his studio window overlooking St Peter's Square, the pontiff said he had dispatched Cardinal Robert Sarah of the Vatican's charitable and humanitarian relief office to Haiti "to express my constant closeness and that of the whole church."

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