Friday, March 11, 2011

Earthquake-Tsunami Relief for Japan

Catholic Relief Service personnel throughout the Pacific are standing ready to assist those affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan early Friday morning.

“We know from 2004 the devastating impact that these tsunamis can have,” said Sean Callahan, CRS’ executive vice president for overseas operations. “As with all such disasters, CRS will help people recover from the emergency and stand with them as they recover in the months and years to come.”

Caritas Japan is beginning to assess the needs in that country where the tsunami has caused extensive damage. CRS has programs in the Philippines and Indonesia and works with Caritas Oceania that is active in numerous islands in the Pacific that might be affected. Central American countries where CRS works could also be in danger.

“We will reach out to our Caritas partners to help them in any way we can,” Callahan said.
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Remember the obligation for almsgiving during Lent and be extra generous ... because we'd have all given something anyway, right?

1 comment:

  1. I always donate to CRS and I will make a special donation for this. The prayer that best fits that comes to mind is this:
    "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world." Especially dear Lord for the poor people of Japan.