|Taiwan||CHURCH MOBILISES TO HELP TAIWAN QUAKE VICTIMS|
"We are doing all we can to alleviate the suffering of the people: every Church structure is preparing to accommodate the homeless," said Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-Hsi of Kaohsiung, president of the Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference yesterday.
He was speaking hours after a violent earthquake struck the island, killing 1100 and leaving 3500 injured and at least 1200 still buried under the rubble of collapsed buildings.
"The Church in Taiwan will move in two phases," said Cardinal Shan. "First, we intend to mobilise all church and school buildings to provide shelter for the homeless. Then we will start a worldwide campaign for funds to help the earthquake victims."
Meanwhile Pope John Paul II has sent a telegram to Cardinal Shan Kuo-his, extending his condolences to the earthquake victims. Saying that he was saddened by the news of the deaths and injuries that had occurred, the Holy Father said that he would be "close to the entire population" of Taiwan in his prayers. He offered his sympathies to all those who were suffering because of the earthquake.
CWN & CWN 11:46am 22/9/99