Australian Bishops pray for Japan


The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has remembered in prayer the victims of the largest earthquake to strike Japan in 140 years.

The 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan just after 5pm Friday Australian Eastern Time.

ACBC President Archbishop Philip Wilson has called upon all Australians to keep in mind those affected by this disaster, and encouraged Australian people to consider how they might assist through prayer and practical support.

"I was saddened to hear of the magnitude of this crisis, and humbled by the immense scale of what has taken place," Archbishop Wilson said.

"Indeed, many regions of the world are experiencing phenomenal impact from various environmental disasters and I truly pray the Lord’s blessing on all of those affected. We will continue to hold up in prayer at this time all of the people who have perished in this tragedy, and pledge our ongoing prayerful support in the relief effort."

The Bishops of England and Wales have offered the following prayer for the victims of the earthquake:

God our Father,

You set the earth on its foundation.

Keep us safe from the danger of earthquakes

And let us always feel the presence of your love.

May we be secure in your protection

And serve you with grateful hearts.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son

Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.

ICEL: Roman Missal

Caritas Australia’s CEO Jack de Groot, said Caritas Japan is already beginning to provide assistance to those affected by the quake.

"Our prayers and solidarity are with our colleagues at Caritas Japan, and with all those who have been affected by the horror of last night’s tsunami," Mr de Groot said.

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