Loading
Church in Guatemala reaches out to earthquake victims
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- A relief network operated by the local Catholic Church has launched operations to help the victims of a Nov. 7 earthquake that killed 15 people in Guatemala and destroyed dozens of homes.

President Otto Perez Molina told reporters that 100 people are still missing. He placed the country on high alert and ordered public offices to close temporarily as a precaution against possible aftershocks.

Molina said two thousand soldiers are helping in the rescue effort in the San Marcos region, which was hardest hit by the 7.4 magnitude quake felt in El Salvador, Costa Rica and Mexico.

Speaking to CNA on Nov. 7, Father Antonio Calderon – who serves as the diocesan administrator of San Marcos – said Catholic relief workers have spread throughout to help those affected by the earthquake.

“There are various affected communities such as San Cristobal de Chuco. We are already providing support to victims through CONRED, the diocesan and national offices of Caritas,” he said.  

Food and clothing is being distributed to families in the area, where many of the victims worked in local quarries.

Fr. Calderon said 70 homes in San Marcos were damaged or destroyed and that most were made of combination of wood, clay and stone. The churches in the region, including the Cathedral of San Marcos, suffered minor damage, he added.

Fr. Calderon encouraged Guatemalans, as well as Catholics in other parts of the world, to “join together in prayer” for all those affected.

Tags: Disasters, Church in Latin America

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
Oct
25

Liturgical Calendar

October 25, 2014

Saturday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 13:1-9

Gospel
Date
10/25/14
10/24/14
10/23/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Eph 4: 7-16
Gospel:: Lk 13: 1-9

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
10/25/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 13:1-9

Homily
Date
10/25/14
10/24/14
10/23/14