Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Brazil, Bishop Dimas Lara Barbosa, was sent to Haiti following the earthquake that devastated the country and killed 11 Brazilian soldiers who were part of the U.N.'s peacekeeping force.
Tuesday's earthquake also took the life of Dr. Zilda Arns, founder of the Children’s Ministry and sister of Cardinal Evaristo Arns, Archbishop Emeritus of Sao Paulo.
Vatican Radio reported that the bishop traveled to Haiti on a military jet.
The bishops' conference also expressed its sorrow over the death of Dr. Arns, who was devoted to “the defense of life, the family and in a special way, to the care of poor children.”
The Brazilian government will be sending $10 million to Haiti as well as 28 tons of supplies for earthquake victims.