Archbishop Wilson has sent a message of condolence to the Bishop of Christchurch. Here is the text:
"To: Bishop Barry Jones,
Bishop of Christchurch.
Dear Bishop Barry,
It is with great sadness that the Bishops of Australia and the Catholic people of this nation watch the unfolding events following the massive earthquake in Christchurch yesterday.
We send out sincere condolences to those who have died and their families.
The proximity of our countries and the solidarity we share in times of disaster lead us to feel enormous grief for what your people are experiencing.
We extend our heartfelt thoughts to you, and hope that in the midst of this, you can find peace and solace.
You and the people of Christchurch are very much in our prayers at this time, and we pray that our Lord will continue to accompany you.
With every blessing,
Archbishop Philip Wilson
President, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
The Pope has also called for prayers.
So please do keep praying, for the repose of the dead, that survivors may yet be found, and for all those grieving, traumatised and afraid. And that the aftershocks stop, without a further major quake.