Prince talks to mourn­ers

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

DEATH may have brought them to­gether but for the tens of thou­sands of griev­ing New Zealan­ders in Christchurch, love ruled the day.

Trib­utes from as far afield as the Queen, and in the name of God, warmed the souls of the crowds who con­gre­gated in the south­ern cap­i­tal yes­ter­day to re­mem­ber the city they lost and their 182 dead.

P r i m e M i n i s t e r J u l i a Gil­lard, Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral Quentin Bryce and Oppo- Wil­liam told the crowd.

The city’s Anglican Bishop, Rev­erend Vic­to­ria Matthews, also called on the power of love to help peo­ple cope with their loss.

‘‘ Amid all the suf­fer­ing love has tri­umphed,’’ the rev­erend said to the 400 fam­ily mem­bers of those who died, many moved to tears.

‘‘ The spirit of God was present ( when the quake hit) and God hasn’t l eft. Love i s stronger than death.’’

Sport­ing the proud Can­ter- bury colours of black and red, the crowd stood solemn and silent through­out the two-hour me­mo­rial.

A pile of rub­ble on the stage sym­bol­ised the ru­inous state the nearby CBD was left in a f t e r t h e 6 . 3 - ma g n i t u d e quake, while 22 New Zealand flags hung to recog­nise the disas­ter’s date.

Speak­ers, in­clud­ing the Prince, took time to pay re­spects to those suf­fer­ing in the wake of Ja­pan’s re­cent quake and tsunami.

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