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Catholics offer train-crash aid
Nuns to offer counseling to survivors, families of Wenzhou disaster victimsCatholic parishioners from Wenzhou visit survivors of a deadly high-speed train crash
- ucanews.com reporter, Wenzhou
- July 25, 2011
On Saturday night, a bullet train slammed into another express that had lost power after a lightning strike. The impact of the crash sent four carriages over the edge of a viaduct, crashing to the ground below, and derailed two others.
The accident, on the outskirt of Wenzhou city in Zhejiang province has so far killed 36 people and injured 210 others.
Father Ma Xianshi of Wenzhou said that a nun and several laypeople had gone Wenzhou No. 3 and No. 8 hospitals yesterday afternoon to console victims and to pray for them.
They also made a preliminary assessment of the situation to see how the Church can help, he said.
Today, Sister Li Haiyin of Jinde Charities in Hebei province flew to Wenzhou with two other nuns to offer professional counseling. The nuns have experience in counseling victims of the earthquakes in Sichuan in 2008 and in Qinghai province in 2010.
Father Ma has also appealed for local Catholics to donate blood.
In the same diocese, Coadjutor Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, who manages the underground community, expressed his ‚Äúprofound sadness‚ÄĚ at the accident.
He said he instructed all parishes to pray for the victims and the dead at yesterday‚Äôs Sunday Masses and called on Catholics to volunteer to help victims overcome their traumas
In 2008, an express train bound for the eastern city of Qingdao from Beijing derailed and collided with another train killing 72 people and injuring more than 400.