Catholic Church workers struggle to reach victims of powerful Chilean earthquake

Pilar Olivares/Reuters, CNS

LIMA, Peru -- While media attention focuses on looting in Concepcion, the largest city near the epicenter of the magnitude 8.8 earthquake Feb. 27, Catholic Church workers struggle to reach quake victims in rural areas who are far from the spotlight.

"We are receiving funds to help the poorest people, who are in the countryside," Father Waldo Alfaro, head of the Caritas Chile office in Linares, told Catholic News Service March 1 in a telephone interview. Linares is in the Maule region, where most of the quake deaths occurred.

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