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Quake shakes Mexico symposium

An earthquake shook western Mexico as participants in the international Theological Pastoral Symposium, including Cardinal George Pell, were attending Mass.

The quake of magnitude 4.2 struck Thursday at 9:55 a.m. just as Communion was being distributed to the symposium's participants, who include 14 other cardinals, 14 archbishops and 38 bishops. The Mass continued.

The quake set off alarm bells outside the multi-use hall of the University of Valle de Atemajac, where the symposium is being held. The symposium is being held in preparation for the International Eucharistic Congress that began yesterday.

About 5000 university students were evacuated from campus by authorities as a precaution.

The earthquake, centred a few kilomotres west of Mexico's second-largest city, might be connected to the activity of the nearby volcano of Colima. Jalisco state officials reported only minor damage, and no injuries.

Quake Rattles Symposium-goers (Zenit 8/10/04)

Pope: from Rome to Guadalajara, Eucharist, mission and charity ( 10/10/04)
Guadalajara's Artful Lead-in to the Eucharistic Congress (Zennit 7/10/04)
Lithuanian Cardinal Extols Power of the Rosary (Zenit 8/10/04)
Cardinal Pell addresses Mexico Eucharist symposium (CathNews 8/10/04)
International theological symposium on Eucharist underway in Mexico (Catholic News Agency 7/10/04)
48th International Eucharistic Congress

11 Oct 2004