Jackson also appealed for contributions and asked drug companies to donate medicine.
However, he stressed that Haitians need much more than short-term aid.
"We need to use this moment, "A," to bring relief and rescue, but also for reconstruction. Our nation, being so wealthy and so blessed-- with a neighbor being so poor-- is somewhat disgraceful. So, we reach out to our Congress and our president to think comprehensively about a plan for reconstruction," Jackson said.
He added that 85 percent of Haitians are Catholics, and he urged Pope Benedict to call for worldwide support for Haiti.