Catholic Mission calls for prayer and messages of support for Christchurch


Catholic Mission has launched a prayer campaign in 160 countries around the world to pray for the people of Christchurch, following the violent earthquake that shook the New Zealand South Island city yesterday afternoon.

Measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, the earthquake has taken 75 lives and brought down buildings in the Central Business District. The two well known Anglican and Catholic cathedrals of the city have seen large sections fall to the ground, which may be beyond repair.

New Zealand Catholic Mission National Director Fr Paul Shannahan sm said however that the biggest ‘damage’ is on people.

"Many were traumatised in the 7.1 quake last September but this one is worse in that it was in the middle of a working and school day," Fr Paul said.

"It hit with such vigour. It shook whole buildings violently. Hundreds have sustained injuries but shock and fear is scaring them even more. The damage is widespread but its full extent is hard to gauge at this early stage.

"Prayers and messages of support would be one thing all could do at this time."

Catholic Mission Australia National Director Mr Martin Teulan was shocked by news of the terrible death and destruction.

"I was there this time last year, and it is an absolutely beautiful city with wonderful people," Mr Teulan.

"We ask that every Catholic in Australia join us in showing our overwhelming prayer and support."

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