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Friday, October 21, 2016
Indian Ocean tragedy: statement from Bishop Crispian Hollis
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¬†There can be scarcely anyone in the whole world that has not been deeply shocked and saddened by the scenes that we have witnessed on television and the press in the last few days. It would have easy to have been totally overwhelmed by the scale of the tragedy that unfolded before our eyes. But that's not been the response of the human family, sharing, perhaps for the first time in history, in a disaster of unimaginable proportions. Nobody has been untouched by what we have witnessed and the generous and selfless response has been staggering. Last week, when I forwarded to our parishes details of the CAFOD appeal for help, I knew that the response would be generous. You have all been absolutely magnificent. It's too early to be able to tell you how much has been given by our parishes. All I can say is that an average sized parish in the Portsmouth area collected over £6000 at its Masses last weekend - and the collection was taken without any warning. I am humbled and staggered, but not surprised, by this generosity, which, I know, will be replicated all over the diocese. I can only speak for those who are suffering or who are bereaved when I say a huge Thank You to you all. But we help not simply by our gifts of money. Our prayers too are with those who have died, those who mourn them and with those who survive but in the most desperate of circumstances.
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