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Episcopal Presiding Bishop on today’s earthquake and Washington National Cathedral damage

August 23, 2011
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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has commented on today’s earthquake and damage Washington National Cathedral:

The earthquake which struck the east coast today is a reminder of the continuing evolution of this planet, “this fragile earth, our island home.” It is also a reminder of how interconnected we are. The quake damaged Washington National Cathedral and reminded many Episcopalians of the quakes that struck the Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand during the last year. We can give thanks that no one was killed or seriously injured in this earthquake. I urge your prayers for all who visit, learn, and worship in the Episcopal Church’s and the nation’s central cathedral, as the damage is evaluated and repairs begin. This worship space has been the site for presidential inaugural services and funerals, prayer services following national tragedies, and continues to be a house of prayer for all people.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
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