- Title: La Palma worshippers attend mass as volcano eruption enters seventh day
- Date: 26th September 2021
- Summary: CANDLES AND BIBLE PRIEST FERNANDO HOLDING MASS FAITHFUL FANNING HERSELF VARIOUS OF PRIEST FERNANDO HOLDING MASS, FAITHFUL ATTENDING MASS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LA PALMA RESIDENT AND RETIREE, TERESA JEREZ, 75, SAYING: "This is terrible but with faith and love for God, the God of miracles, I trust, that is why my grandson and I are here." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LA PALMA RESIDENT AND RETIREE, TERESA JEREZ, 75, SAYING: "I am feeling a lot of love for my fellow people, and mercy. I hope this will pass soon, I love the island." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LA PALMA RESIDENT, CESAR RODRIGUEZ, 58, SAYING: "Everything is easier when you have faith, if that faith is enriched, things can get along better." FAITHFUL LEAVING MASS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN NATIONAL ON HOLIDAY TO LA PALMA, MAGALI ZARATE, 49, SAYING: (WHO COULD NOT RETURN TO MEXICO DUE TO CANCELLED FLIGHTS) "We come with the intention to pray for the people who are suffering, and to thank God that we are not in that situation. But there are many people who are having a very bad time, so we are praying for them." VARIOUS OF PRIEST FERNANDO AND FAITHFUL AT MASS VARIOUS OF FAITHFUL FANNING HERSELF VARIOUS OF SIGN FOR NAZARETH PARISH MAN CLEANING VOLCANIC DUST AND ASH OUTSIDE CHURCH
- Embargoed: 10th October 2021 13:30
- Keywords: La Palma Spain church mass volcano
- Location: LA PALMA, SPAIN
- City: LA PALMA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Europe,Earthquakes/Volcanoes/Tsunami
- Reuters ID: LVA003EWCX5XJ
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- Story Text: Worshippers gathered for mass in volcano-struck La Palma on Sunday (September 26) as island faces swathes of land and buildings enveloped by lava and flights cancelled due to ash clouds.
Dozens attended the mass held by Father Fernando in the chapel of the Holy Family Of Nazareth College in the town of Los Llanos de Aridane.
"Everything is easier when you have faith," said resident Cesar Rodriguez.
"We come with the intention to pray for the people who are suffering, and to thank God that we are not in that situation," said Mexican national Magali Zarate, who was on holidays visiting friends and could not return home as flights were cancelled.
Workers struggled on Sunday to clean the ash and volcanic dust outside the church, which forced the mass to be moved to the college.
The eruption has destroyed hundreds of houses and forced the evacuation of nearly 6,000 people since it began on Sept. 19.
On Sunday, Spain's airport operator Aena said La Palma's airport had reopened after teams cleared ash off the runway. But Binter, the Canary Island airline, said it will keep flights cancelled today because of the conditions.
No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported in the volcano's eruption, but about 15% of the island's economically crucial banana crop could be at risk, jeopardising thousands of jobs.
(Production: Marco Trujillo, Elena Rodriguez)
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