27 Feb '11, 10pm

Open-air prayers for the dead & missing on the lawns of churches cracked & shattered in NZ's earthquake

CHRISTCHURCH - Residents held open-air prayers for the dead and missing yesterday on the lawns of churches cracked and shattered in New Zealand's earthquake, while teams continued their search through the debris of one of the country's worst disasters. "As our citizens make their way to church this Sunday they will be joined in prayer by millions around the world," said Mayor Bob Parker of the devastated city of Christchurch. "For now we are truly comforted by the thoughts and prayers of so many." The official death toll rose yesterday to 147 and was expected to rise further, Police Superintendent Dave Cliff said, with 50 people still accounted for. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has said the quake, which decimated the city's downtown, may be the country's "single-most tragic" disaster. When the quake ripped through the city last Tuesday, its churches were among the h...

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