Catholics Asked to Pray and Assist Survivors of Japanese Disasters
Parishes in the Diocese of Raleigh will provide parishioners with an opportunity to contribute to a special collection to help with relief efforts in Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the northeastern part of the country one week ago. While Japan is an industrialized country with a solid infrastructure, the dual calamity of the earthquake and tsunami, coupled with the possibility of a nuclear reactor meltdown will be more than most countries could handle economically. The level of the ongoing disaster has been called “catastrophic” by those closely monitoring the situation.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, informed the Catholic Conference of Bishops of Japan this week that U.S. Catholics will assist Japan through collections that will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services, the international humanitarian and development agency of the US Church.
"The people of Japan who have suffered this tragedy are our brothers and sisters," Sean Callahan, vice president of overseas operations said. He noted that Catholic Relief Services is working with Caritas International and others to find pathways to bring aid to the many thousands stricken by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northern Japan.
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge is asking Catholics in the Diocese to pray for the victims as well as the relief workers who continue to face difficult challenges in their efforts to save lives, recover bodies and provide essential supplies to survivors.