VATICAN CITY, 14 NOV 2010 (VIS) - Following today's Angelus the Pope again expressed his "closeness to the dear people of Haiti who, because of last January's terrible earthquake, are now suffering a serious cholera epidemic. I support everyone striving to cope with this latest emergency and, while giving assurances of a special mention in my prayers, appeal to the international community to give generous aid to these people".
Benedict XVI then went on to recall that, on Saturday 27 November, he will preside "at first Vespers for the first Sunday of Advent and at a prayer vigil for nascent life. This is a joint initiative with particular Churches all over the world", he said, "and I have recommended that it also be held in parishes, religious communities, associations and movements. The period in which we prepare for Christmas is an appropriate time to invoke divine protection on every human being called into existence, and to thank God for the gift of life we received from our parents".
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