- Title: ARGENTINA: Archbishop honours train crash dead during Ash Wednesday mass.
- Date: 23rd February 2012
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (FEBRUARY 22, 2012) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL IN BUENOS AIRES
- Embargoed: 9th March 2012 12:00
- Location: Argentina, Argentina
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: Accidents,Transport
- Reuters ID: LVANMXZ8HU2M6YUDTB5LWHLVZU1
- Story Text: The Archdiocese of Buenos Aires made special mention of the 49 people killed and more than 600 injured earlier in the day in a tragic train accident Wednesday (February 22) in the Argentine capital.
The faithful mourned those lost and prayed for their families and for the injured in an Ash Wednesday mass held at the national cathedral.
The mass was led by Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo Garcia who stood in for Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
"We cannot cease to have present, during this mass, we can't stop praying and thinking about the victims of the accident this morning. Forty-nine people according to the latest figure, 600 injured. It and so many senseless deaths are inexplicable, there are no words, there is no explanation. It makes no sense and against this backdrop, this framework, this reality, comes the question, the question we here from the first to the last reading; 'Where is your God?' Many will ask this question. A lot of people will ask us this question, 'Where is your God?" Garcia said.
The accident occurred during Wednesday's busy rush hour commute when a packed commuter train ploughed into the buffers at a Buenos Aires station.
It was the South American country's worst rail accident in more than 30 years.
Argentina's transport minister has said the cause of the deadly accident is not yet known though faulty brakes are thought to have played a part.
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