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Apr 20, 2011 12:26
Category: Religious News

Congregations worship outside quake damaged churches

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) - Parishioners have held Sunday worship services in parks and on the lawns of churches shattered by New Zealand's earthquake.

The quake that killed close to 150 people left Christchurch Cathedral's once-stately bell tower in ruins, possibly with an additional 22 people lying dead in the rubble.

Outside St. Barnabas Anglican Church, where stained glass windows are shattered and the tower is sinking, the Rev. Mark Chamberlain told worshipers that he wondered, "Why did the people in the cathedral, of all places, peris