Cardinal's Message to Disaster Victims.
The leader of Scotland's catholic community, Cardinal Keith O'Brien has sent a message of sympathy and support to those affected by the recent disaster in the Indian Ocean.
The Cardinal's message will be sent to the consular representative of India in Edinburgh and the Indonesian, Sri Lankan and Thai diplomatic missions in London as well as to the Presidents of the Catholic Bishops' Conferences in each of these countries.
Cardinal O'Brien will celebrate a special mass for the victims of this disaster in his own Cathedral , St. Mary's in Edinburgh on Sunday 2 January at 7.30pm. In his sermon, the Cardinal will urge Western Governments to look beyond the immediate imperatives of disaster relief and to help countries like those affected to rebuild and develop their infrastructure so that they are better able to cope with the ravages of natural disasters in future and ultimately, provide higher long term standards of living for their populations.
The full text of Cardinal O'Brien's message is shown below:
"On behalf of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland and the whole Catholic community, I offer heartfelt condolences to all the families and friends of those killed in the recent devastating disaster in the Indian Ocean. To all those affected in any way by these terrible events, I send too the promise of our thoughts and prayers as you struggle to deal with your loss.
Be assured however, that you do not struggle alone. In the last 48 hours, our Scottish Catholic Aid Agency, (SCIAF) has sent an initial £50,000 to be used by their partners in the CARITAS network of Catholic aid agencies, of which SCIAF is a member. In addition, they have written to each of Scotland's 500 Catholic parishes highlighting the disaster and explaining how donations can be made to SCIAF towards the relief efforts.
In the meantime, I will celebrate a special mass for the victims of this disaster in my own Cathedral , St. Mary's in Edinburgh on Sunday 2 January at 7.30pm and will again ask all those who join me, to pray for those of have died and for the relatives they leave behind."
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