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Church workers at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Guizhou city collected more than 10,000 yuan (US$1,542) for emergency relief during Masses on June 12. …

Church workers at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Guizhou city collected more than 10,000 yuan (US$1,542) for emergency relief during Masses on June 12.

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  • 1. Church collects for flood victims
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  • 2. Church workers at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Guizhou city collected more than 10,000 yuan (US$1,542) for emergency relief during Masses on June 12.
  • 3. Heavy rain last week caused serious floods in Wangmo, in southwest Guizhou province, isolating the county from the outside world.
  • 4. Overflowing river waters and mountain torrents have killed 21 people and left 31 missing in the county. More than 40,000 people were forced to evacuate.
  • 5. The donations will be sent to the victims as soon as local transportation recovers, a Church worker said.
  • 6. Guizhou diocese, which is based in the provincial capital Guiyang city, could not reach the pastor of Wangmo parish, Father Zhang Yiyong, for two days after the rainstorm.
  • 7. “Electric power, water supply and telecommunication there were interrupted. But luckily, the church was unaffected as it is located far from the flooded river,” reported the priest.
  • 8. He paid visits to all parishioners in the county town last weekend and found out some 55 people in 13 families were affected.
  • 9. Some victims stayed in the church or went to relatives. They urgently need food and clothes.
  • 10. The parish will offer them free accommodation and meals despite its straitened circumstances, the priest promised.
  • 11. The diocese has called on Catholics to make donations to help the flood victims.
  • 12. Some people have brought rice, oil, bedding and clothes to their parishes.
  • 13. Related reportsPope donates $30,000 to China flood relief workDisaster strengthens Chinese Catholics’ faithCatholics washed out by new floods in ChinaChina Church keeps providing flood relief
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