• Mary
    March 16, 2011 Reply

    Bishop Martin Tetsuo Hiraga of Sendai diocese says: ….we trust in God and ask for the prayers of all Christians…”

    Here is an update on the Church in Sendai:

    Is there a way to donate directly to the Diocese of Sendai?

  • gary
    March 17, 2011 Reply

    Fr. Pavone, a leader of priests for life , has used his recent notoriety and used Baby Joseph , during the transfer of Baby Joseph to the U.S. to state clearly that Islam is equivalent to Catholicism and that Islam has equal reverence for life to Roman Catholicism. This clearly differs for the Holy Father, Pope Benedict, (and probably every pope who has ever served as head of the Roman Catholic Church since its founding). Certainly within the limits imposed on us by God and Christ as Christians we probably should reach out to Muslims, but not by abiding by the doctrines of Islam or violating the Bible and the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church ? What do you think of the recent statements of Fr. Pavone regarding Islam ? If Fr. Pavone wishes to continue to lead Roman Catholic Christians (or Christians of almost any other denomination) he ought to be re-educated so that his statements all conform to Roman Catholic doctrine rather than leading large numbers of people into error. Or rather than serving God and/or is the focus of Fr. Pavone the enhancement of his career and/or the increase of his income and/or private jet fleet?

  • Henry Schwalbenberg
    March 17, 2011 Reply

    Dear Archbishop,

    Thank you for your strong advocacy on behalf of the charitable works of the church, both here at home and especially abroad.

  • Hipolito M. Wiseman
    March 20, 2011 Reply

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  • Irene
    March 21, 2011 Reply

    I just made a donation to support the relief efforts in Japan. I saw on the news that donations to the earthquake/tsunami victims lag far behind donations made for Haiti and for Katrina, and the people of Japan could really use any help the rest of us can give right now.

    People who want to support the relief efforts can give directly on the CRS website.

  • Anne Winter
    March 24, 2011 Reply

    I lived and worked in Japan between 2005 and 2009. I grew to love very much my Japanese sisters and brothers, and I worry about them all now. Japan, I think will undergo many changes following the natural disasters of both the earthquake and tsunami. They will, I think, probably have to query their reliance on nuclear power.

    I want to support the Archbishop’s statements of the Catholic Church being ‘on the ground’ in Japan. I lived in Nara, which has I felt had a ‘quiet’ presence of Catholicism. I also stayed for the greater amount of time in the northern city of Sapporo, which has a more ‘robust’ presence of Catholicism.

    Growing up in Australia, I experienced all the wealth that the Catholic Church has to offer: many churches, priests, religious orders, parochial schools — a truly Christian atmosphere … somewhat later taken for granted. But in Japan, the Church seemed like a lovely, warm beacon on love, gentleness and kindness — not only to me, and to other foreigners like me — but to everyone. I think many Japanese truly appreciated the benefits of having the Church in their midst.

    I remember and I will always truly cherish: the Franciscan Fathers and the Franciscan Sisters — for their gentleness, hospitality, concern and the love they all shared with me. Through them, I rediscovered my Church … but importantly, I renewed my own love and understanding of God.

    Pray for Japan.


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