Joplin, Missouri Tornado hits hard, but St. Mary's Catholic Church's cross still standing strong

In Joplin, Missouri (MO.), USA, a tornado has ravaged the city on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011, but the cross at Joplin's St. Mary's Catholic Church was still standing strong, steady and undamaged.

An undamaged crucifix rises above the rubble of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011. The church and thousands of other buildings were damaged or destroyed when a tornado swept through Joplin on Sunday evening, killing at least 116 and injuring hundreds more. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Photo of the undamaged cross at St. Mary's Catholic Church (Uploaded by Arnica Zitting on the Facebook Page: "Joplin, MO Tornado Recovery)

It just shows that God is great indeed, a message that God will provide strength, He will always be there standing for His people no matter what happened.


In an AFP report Monday, at least 24 people were killed in the Joplin, Missouri Tornado, which directly struck a hospital, the St. John Regional Medical Center, with its roof being ripped off and the patients had to be evacuated.

It's not confirmed though in the report if the 24 killed were patients from the hospital, but it says that schools and business establisments were also severely damaged.

An image of a tornado-damaged building in Joplin, Missouri (Photo courtesy of CNN)

Here's a video report from CNN on the damages left by the tornado in Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011:

US President Barack Obama has released a statement expressing his sympathy to the victims' families:

"Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives in the tornadoes and severe weather that struck Joplin, Missouri, as well as communities across the Midwest today. We commend the heroic efforts by those who have responded and who are working to help their friends and neighbours at this very difficult time. At my direction, FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) is working with the affected areas' state and local officials to support response and recovery efforts, and the federal government stands ready to help our fellow Americans as needed."

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