The Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) has expressed its “prayerful support and solidarity” to the people of Haiti. The English-, Dutch-, and French-speaking Caribbean bishops also hoped that “those who are responsible” for the July 7 assassination of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse “will be held accountable through the justice system”.
The AEC’s letter dated July 9 was addressed to Archbishop Launay Saturné of Cap-Haïtien, President of the Conférence Episcopale de Haïti (Episcopal Conference of Haiti). It was signed by AEC President Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau. Following is the full text:
As your fellow brothers of the Caribbean, we, the bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, are saddened and outraged by the news of the heinous assassination of His Excellency Mr. Jovenel Moïse, President of the Republic of Haiti, and the serious injury of First Lady Martine Moïse in the attack. We pray for the repose of his soul, and also the healing and full recovery of his wife. On behalf of our people, we express condolences to you and the people of Haiti as the country negotiates another socio-political and tumultuous period in its history.
We join with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, to condemn the choice of violence as a means of solving conflicts and crises. Violence and the act of assassination are not the paths to justice and peace. As you rightly wrote to your people, “Violence can only generate violence and lead to hatred. It will never help our country to get out of this political impasse.” We hope that those who are responsible will be held accountable through the justice system.
Please convey our prayerful support and solidarity to the people of Haiti. We commit ourselves to collaborate with you in the fight for justice and peace for the proud people of the first black independent state in the western hemisphere.
May God’s abundant blessings be with you.
Most Rev Gabriel Malzaire
President, Antilles Episcopal Conference