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WASHINGTON (RNS) The iconic Washington National Cathedral, already struggling with financial problems, faces millions of dollars in repair costs from the damage inflicted by Tuesday’s (Sept. 23) East Coast earthquake. And nothing is covered by insurance, according to a church official. Clergy and a team of architects and engineers spent the day after the magnitude […] Read More

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNS/ENInews) A complete search of an Anglican cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand turned up no bodies buried in the rubble, despite widespread reports that 20 to 22 people had been trapped inside. ChristChurch Cathedral’s spire collapsed into its bell tower on Feb. 22 when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand’s second largest […] Read More

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (RNS/ENInews) Churches shattered by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake were yielding up their dead on Friday (Feb. 25) as clergy and parishioners grieved and searched for places to worship on Sunday. The overall death toll from the Feb. 22 quake reached 113, with more than 200 people missing and hundreds injured. Rescue workers began […] Read More

I am doing a sermon series on the “Hard Sayings of Jesus” on Sunday mornings. Many of those hard sayings occur in Matthew 24-25. Jesus says things like: “There will be wars and rumors of wars. Nations will rise against nations. There will be famines and earthquakes … but the end is not yet.” Jesus […] Read More