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Messages of support for Christchurch

We have received many messages of support and solidarity from the Caritas network and other partners around the globe following the Christchurch earthquake. Below are some of the messages for us and the people of Aotearoa New Zealand – especially those affected in Christchurch.

We, here in Samoa, are saddened by the catastrophe.  In disaster times , there is no right word to express how we feel towards you and your people.  But in the profundity of God’s saving grace for us, we share our prayers and hopes.

As the people of your country and members of your team find ways to ease the pain, we assure you of our moral and prayerful support.  And if there is anything we can be of assistance to, please let us know.

– Tini Tu’ala, Director, Caritas Samoa

Greetings from Caritas Kenya.

In this sorrowful moment in New Zealand, with the devastating quake to hit Christchurch on 22 February 2011 which caused the death of so many innocent victims, shocking New Zealanders, as well as the whole world, Caritas Kenya wishes to express our sentiments of deepest sorrow and solidarity to the
people of New Zealand. We share in this moment of sorrow and join in mourning the hundreds who died in the quake.

Caritas Kenya stands in solidarity with the entire Catholic Church as we condole with the families at this trying time of sorrow and pray for their strength through this crisis. We wish to express solidarity with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, and indeed with the people in New Zealand as they come to terms with the shock of what has happened.

We hold you dearly in our prayers as we ask God the Almighty to give you the grace to continue service to the affected people as it is now most needed.
– Stephen Kituku, National Executive Secretary, Caritas Kenya/Development & Social Services
Nairobi, Kenya.

Please be assured of our prayers and solidarity at this time.  As always, do let us know if and how we can be of further assistance.

– Dolores Halpin-Bachmann, Caritas Internationalis, Vatican City

Our news is filled with the tremendous tragedy New Zealand is facing in the aftermath of the second earthquake in just six months.  The pictures are vivid of the injured and wounded but also of the heroic efforts being made to pull others out of the rubble or to console the family and friends of those who have been most affected. 

In this, the voice of the Church inspires us all. Last night, our local news showed video of a priest standing outside of Christchurch Cathedral.  He responded to a journalist asking about the building, “It’s tragic but in the end, it is just a building.  We are concerned foremost about the people.”  I am confident that this same spirit is repeated over and over again by many others who will not be shown on the media on the other side of the world. It is from that spirit that New Zealand will rebuild.

… you, your colleagues and those you serve are in our thoughts and prayers.

– Christine Tucker, Chief of Staff, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Greetings from the CI General Secretariat. Please also allow me to express solidarity with you, the staff of Caritas New Zealand and all the good people of New Zealand as you face the challenges and impact of the earthquake.

– Msgr Robert Vitillo, Caritas Internationalis, Vatican City.

... our prayers are with you and the efforts to support the victims.  God bless.

– Stephen Phoon, Executive Director, Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore.

I would like to express my deepest sympathy with your tragedy right at your doorstep. With great sorrow and worries, I have learned of the disastrous earthquake and I truly hope that you and all of your staff and families are safe and well.

– Frank Ecke, Brot für die Welt/Bread for the World - Church Development Service, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea

On behalf of the Executive Forum, Staff, Volunteers, Facilitators, Youths, I send this “Loloma” message from Fiji.  On behalf of everyone in our communities, we share your sorrow and grief.

– Joseph Camillo, Director, Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education & Advocacy (ECREA), Fiji

We want to let you know that you have our greatest sympathy and our hearts are truly saddened by the news that we have received about the disastrous earthquake which struck New Zealand and claimed lives and razed houses and buildings.

We want to assure you that our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and the people of New Zealand and may God give you strength to endure this calamity.

We comfort you and hold you in our prayers. With love and sympathy;

– Claudette Habesch, Secretary General, Caritas Jerusalem

Please note that we are terribly sorry for the disaster in Christchurch, and CRS is preparing to respond with funding of USD 20,000.  … Please let us know how else we can use any available experience or resources to help.    

– Kathleen Merkel, Catholic Relief Services – Asia Regional Outreach, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

We are from Caritas Bandung-Indonesia want to express our deep condolences and deep compassion for what happened in Christchurch. Hopefully, our dearly brothers and sisters in Christchurch can still continue to live with passion and spirit.

– Salomo Marbun, Director, Caritas Bandung - Indonesia

Our hearts go out to you all and yours are praying for your safety. Thoughts and prayers.

– Carol Nyamu, Trócaire EA Regional Office, Nairobi, Kenya

From CALDH we send you and to all the people from your country our solidarity and support in these difficult times that are happening at this time. You know that you account with us in Guatemala and we are thinking of you with the certainty that everything will be fine. Again our solidarity and support, sincerely yours.

 – Alejandra Castillo, Justice and Reconciliation Program, CALDH, Guatemala

On behalf of all here at CAFOD, I wanted to share our thoughts, prayers and solidarity with you and your colleagues at Caritas NZ following the Christchurch earthquake.  .... we're here for you if you need any back up in the support you're giving to national organisations over there.

– Mike Noyes, CAFOD (Caritas England & Wales), UK

We are just checking on you because we woke up this morning to the sad news of a catastrophic earthquake in New Zealand, and apparently Christchurch was in the thick of it. We trust that you and colleagues and your loved ones are safe and well? And we pray that the good Lord will give you and all your people the fortitude to bear this tragedy. Poleni sana. Our deepest sympathies.

– Nzungi Ngwele Mukungi, WRC Development Institute, Nairobi, Kenya

We are very saddened to see what has happened today in Christchurch. It is so distressing to see the city hit a second time in such a short space of time. New Zealanders are very much in our thoughts and prayers.

– Britt Metzger, Caritas Australia

It is very sad to hear of the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, we pray for all the people who are affected.  I remember staying with the sisters in Christchurch during my visit, and  wandering to the cathedral that is now reported to be damaged as well. 

– Manindra Malla, Head of Programmes, Caritas Nepal [visited New Zealand in Lent 2008]




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