Posts Tagged ‘Earthquake’

Indonesian Catholics rush aid for quake victims

Thursday, November 24th, 2022

Indonesian Catholics have taken the initiative in providing assistance to victims of the earthquake in West Java that killed more than 250 people and displaced over 7,000. Caritas Indonesia is coordinating with teams from the Catholic charity in three dioceses – Bogor, Bandung, and Jakarta – along with other Catholic organizations to provide assistance to Read more

St Gerard’s monastery, a hotel

Thursday, October 20th, 2022
St Gerards

St Gerard’s, the former Redemptorist church and monastery and Wellington’s most imposing landscape building is likely to be sold, reports Wellington’s DomPost. A Wellington developer Richard Burrell, who has a reputation for restoring heritage buildings, is the likely purchaser. Should he be successful, Burrell intends to turn the building into a hotel. Pending due diligence Read more

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