Friday, March 11, 2011

Churches Rally Support After Earthquake in Japan; Abp. of Canterbury Offers His Support and Prayers

Churches and church leaders have sent messages of support for the people of Japan after a devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake -- the largest earthquake magnitude ever recorded -- and ensuing tsunami rocked the country today (March 11, 2011), the Ecumenical News International website reports.

In England, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams -- the head of the Anglican communion -- sent a message of condolence to the Anglican Archbishop of Japan, Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu, offering sympathy, support, and prayers for the Japanese people.

The Archbishop of Canterbury wrote... "Our hearts and our prayers go out to all who have been affected, and that we as a church will do what we can to offer practical as well as spiritual support at this time of great suffering and great anxiety for so many."

The Catholic News Agency reported that Caritas Japan -- a Roman Catholic aid organization -- would be working to assist victims of the disaster.

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