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Archbishop's statement of condolence to those affected by New Zealand mine explosion

Friday 26th November 2010

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has issued a statement of condolence to families, friends and others affected by the death of the twenty-nine miners in an explosion at the Pike River Mine in New Zealand.

"The tragedy that has overtaken the trapped miners in New Zealand has shocked and grieved people the world over, and our hearts go out to their families and friends.  As we remember them and all those close to them in our prayers, we pray too for those who are supporting the bereaved, especially the ministry at Holy Trinity Greymouth.  I hope they will know that they are being upheld across the world, and that they will be representing a great tide of love and sympathy for those whose lives have be ravaged by this disaster."

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