We are all shocked and saddened by the devastation caused by yesterday’s earthquake in Christchurch.
The bishops extend our heartfelt sympathy to those who have lost loved ones and offer our prayerful support to everyone in Christchurch, particularly those awaiting news of missing friends and family.
We pray that God will give peace to those who have died and healing to those suffering from injury. We also pray that God will give strength to emergency workers and all who are providing help.
While we cannot fully appreciate the fear and anxiety being experienced by those in Christchurch, we along with many others around New Zealand and overseas have you in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.
Catholic groups around the country are in the process of organising practical and financial support for those affected by the earthquake. There will also be Masses offered for the people of Christchurch throughout the week and in the weekend.
Archbishop John Dew
New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference