Pope Francis on Sunday praised as a martyr an Italian missionary nun murdered this Saturday in Haiti, where cared for poor children.
The diocese of Milan says that Sister Luisa Dell’Orto, 64,was killed “during an armed attack, probably for the purpose of robbery,” in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.
Official Vatican media said the seriously injured Dell’Orto was taken to a hospital, where she died shortly after.
Francis, speaking to the public in Saint Peter’s Square, expressed his closeness to the nun’s relatives and pointed out that she had lived there for about 20 years, dedicating herself above all to helping poor children who lived on the street.
“I commend his soul to God and pray for the Haitian peopleespecially for the little ones, so that they can have a more serene future, without misery and without violence,” Francis said.
Dell’Orto “gave his life to others, even to the point of martyrdom,” the pontiff said.
The nun, who was born in Lombardy, in northern Italyran a children’s home in a very poor suburb of Port-au-Prince, the Milan diocese said.
Haiti, a Caribbean country, is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.