Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Japan's bishops move to help earthquake survivors

Japan's Catholic bishops are coordinating efforts to help the thousands of people affected by two earthquakes that struck the city of Kumamoto on the southwestern island of Kyushu last week.
A magnitude 7.3 quake hit Kumamoto, nearly 112 kms south of Fukuoka, on April 16, following a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on April 14. At least 41 persons were killed, and thousands wounded. Some 180,000 have been rendered homeless, according to the BBC.
"We thought the damage was contained in the small area of Mashiki town," Bishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi of Niigata said April 16, reported Catholic News Agency.
"But this morning's quake caused damage in a much wider area, including the neighboring Ohita prefecture," he said.
Bishop Kikuchi is head of Caritas Japan, the national bishops' social action arm, which is assisting in rescue and relief efforts on Kyushu. He conveyed the prayers and solidarity of all the Japanese bishops and stated their appreciation for the prayers and aid sent from around the world.
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