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Bishop Burbidge Requests Prayers and Assistance for Japan

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In the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Japan on March 11 and the tsunami that followed, taking thousands of lives and washing away neighborhoods and village, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge is requesting parishes in the Diocese of Raleigh to provide parishioners with an opportunity to contribute to a special collection for relief efforts to the disaster areas. Parishes may wish to take up the collection this weekend or announce it this weekend and conduct the collection next weekend.

Several large aftershocks followed the 8.9 magnitude quake with seismologists predicting that more aftershocks will occur in the days and weeks to come.

Catholic Relief Services, the international humanitarian agency of the US Catholic community, has announced that it will work with its partner Caritas Japan and other Caritas partners in the Pacific region to provide requested assistance in the recovery, emergency relief and long-term rebuilding efforts of lives and property.

Contributions collected by Diocesan parishes will be forwarded to the Diocese with all monies being sent directly to Catholic Relief Services to help with the emergency response.

Bishop Burbidge is calling on the faithful of the Diocese to pray for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami as well as for the dedicated relief workers who are facing challenging situations in their efforts to save lives, recover bodies, and provide food and shelter to survivors.