Dear Friends in Christ
I greet you as we are gathered by the Lord around his holy altar. With you I share the sadness of our whole country at the tragic death of the miners at Pike River.
We grieve, and pray, for those who loved them and who will not see them living again in this world.
We commend the deceased miners to God and pray that they may enter now the love that never ends.
Let us pray also for those who worked so hard, and with such care, to bring about their rescue without further loss of life, in the end without success.
Bishop Barry Jones
Catholic Bishop of Christchurch