There are many churches in ChristChurch, New Zealand, that have been damaged as a result of three earthquakes in the past six months.
The ChristChurch Catholic Cathedral — Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament — was severely damaged in the September 4th, 2010 earthquake. At that time, services for the congregation were moved to an alternate location — with hopes of returning to the cathedral.
Those hopes were dashed by the Feb. 22nd earthquake when two bell towers & the front facade collapsed. Restoration workers & a caretaker who were inside survived.
A priest hiding under a table in the rectory saw one of the towers collapse.
These included these half-moon windows & the beautiful window below:
Cranes have been brought in to remove rubble to get to 22 visitors trapped under the wreckage.
Throughout ChristChurch, more than 150 people are dead & over 200 missing — many are buried in rubble.
ChristChurch Mayor Bob Parker said the iconic Cathedral [Anglican] will be restored — it was a “stunning and symbolic building”.
In the meantime, services throughout ChristChurch are being held outdoors.
Early British reports say ChristChurch may have to rebuild a third of their buildings. Many buildings in the city centre have been evacuated.
I wish all the best for the people of New Zealand & especially those in ChristChurch coping with this tragedy. I hope all the world continues to offer help for them.
** Images of damage to Anglican Cathedral are from the ChristChurch Cathedral website — please visit for further news on the Cathedral. Information on damage to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament came from NZ Catholic & images from the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch & a news article from Associated Press.