Posts Tagged ‘Earthquake’

Post-quake Haiti in mourning: funerals, aftershocks, chaos and loss

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

Two weeks after the deadly earthquake in Haiti finds the country in mourning. Funerals, aftershocks and a daily search for clean water, food and shelter are ongoing in the south western Les Cayes region. Beth Carroll, who is Haiti’s head of programs for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) says there are funerals everywhere you go. It Read more

Te Puke Catholic Church closes

Monday, February 25th, 2019

St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Te Puke has had to close its doors. An initial earthquake assessment has the building rated “Cathegory E”, the worst possible rating and in the interests of public safety, the church decided to stop using the building. Churchgoers will still be able to attend Mass, the Anglican vicar, Rev Ruth Read more

Church closed. Martinborough Catholics celebrated Christmas outdoors

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
martinborough catholics

In October last year, two Wairarapa Catholic churches were abruptly closed for some time after being deemed earthquake-prone. One of the churches is Martinborough’s St Anthony of Padua. The decision left the local Catholic community to sort out its immediate future including the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass and Carols celebration.  The Martinborough Catholic community considered a Read more

Earthquake risk Cathedral staying open

Monday, May 21st, 2018
sacred heart cathedral

Engineers have told the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Wellington that it meets less than 33 percent of the new building standard. The 117-year-old cathedral has been evaluated by engineers in a verbal report and a brief written assessment. Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Reverend Father James Lyons said beams in the roof needed to be strengthened. But Read more

A journalist’s battle with PTSD

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
dean yates

When the psychiatrist diagnosed me with post-traumatic stress disorder at the end of our first session early this March, I finally had to accept I was unwell. The flashbacks, the anxiety, my emotional numbness and poor sleep had long worried my wife, Mary. I had played down the symptoms, denied I had a problem. Five Read more

Priests make effort to be with their people after earthquakes

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

After the recent earthquakes Fr Pat McIndoe managed to catch a ride on an Aero Club plane so he could celebrate Mass in Kaikoura on Sunday. He was also able to take part in the ecumenical service. Kaikoura is part of Father Pat’s Te Whetu o Te Moana – Star of the Sea Marlborough Parish Read more

Cathedral plans revealed soon

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Bishop Victoria Matthews has returned to New Zealand to consider plans for the future of the Christ Church Cathedral, according to sources close to the process. In June, the Government tasked a working group with breaking deadlock on the earthquake-damaged building, which has been holding up the redevelopment of Cathedral Square in central Christchurch. The working group Read more

Statue of Our Lady untouched by huge Equador quake

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

A statue of Our Lady and the glass case in which it was housed remained intact amidst the devastation of Equador’s huge earthquake this month. The statue of Our Lady of Light was housed in a school that collapsed and was reduced to rubble in the April 16 quake, which left at least 600 people Read more

Northern Ireland nun, postulants killed in Equador quake

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

A missionary nun from Northern Ireland and five young postulants were among those killed in the earthquake that struck Equador on April 16. Sr Clare Maria Crockett, 33, from Derry, worked at a school in Playa Prieta, where she taught alongside other sisters of the Home of the Mother order. The missionary was teaching young Read more

Apology sees charges of burgling Chch cathedral dropped

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Two men charged with burgling the quake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral last month have avoided prosecution. Philip Pavich, 55, and Gilbert Southworth, 46, apologised for their actions and gave money to the Anglican diocese. On March 21, motion-activated cameras detected their entry into  the building. Police arrested the pair after they were caught leaving the cathedral Read more