CNA Staff, Jan 5, 2021 / 09:30 am
The Croatian bishops’ conference is donating over $1 million in emergency aid to victims of the country’s December earthquake.
The money will go to help the most in need in the Diocese of Sisak and the Archdiocese of Zagreb, after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck eastern Central Croatia on Dec. 29.
According to the conference’s secretary general, Fr. Krunoslav Novak, the bishops will approve further monetary assistance at an upcoming meeting. The bishops are also setting up temporary housing for those whose homes were destroyed, in partnership with Caritas Croatia and the Order of Malta.
“The church will not leave its faithful, even when the spotlight goes out, when new worries come,” Novak told Croatian Catholic radio station HKR.
Last week’s earthquake, and its foreshocks and aftershocks, killed at least seven people, among them a 12-year-old girl, and injured 26 others.
On Monday, Catholic bishops visited several of the towns most-damaged by the earthquake in the Sisek diocese.
Cardinal Josip Bozanić, archbishop of Zagreb, and his auxiliary bishops, together with the local bishop Vlado Košić, prayed for victims in front of the parish church of the town of Žažina.
The church was severely damaged in the earthquake, and the parish organist, Stanko Zec, was found dead in its rubble.