Pray for Tsunami Victims in Japan

Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI called on all Catholics to pray for victims of the tsunami disaster in Japan.  We pause today from our series on the deception and possible fraud in the employee pension plan to ask all BCI readers to pray for Japan and for the 10,000 people estimated to have died–for the salvation of their souls–as well as those who are injured, have been left homeless, or are at risk of radiation poisoning.

Here is an article about the Pope’s March 13 comments to Catholic faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square:

Pope Benedict calls for prayer for victims of disaster in Japan

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Saying he, too, was horrified by the images of the death and destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Pope Benedict XVI asked people to join him in praying for the victims.

“May the bereaved and injured be comforted and may the rescue workers be strengthened in their efforts to assist the courageous Japanese people,” the pope said in English March 13 after reciting the Angelus prayer with visitors in St. Peter’s Square.

Government officials estimated that perhaps 10,000 people lost their lives after the earthquake March 11 and the tsunami it triggered.

Speaking in Italian after the Angelus, the pope said, “The images of the tragic earthquake and the consequent tsunami in Japan have left us deeply horrified.

“I want to renew my spiritual closeness to that country’s dear people, who with dignity and courage are dealing with the consequences of the calamity. I pray for the victims and their families and for all who are suffering because of these terrible events. I encourage all those who, with laudable speed, are working to bring help. Let us remain united in prayer.”

Bishop Marcellino Daiji Tani of Saitama, one of the dioceses hit hardest by the disaster, told the Catholic missionary news agency Fides that the catastrophe is a reminder that “life is in the hands of God and that life is a gift from God,” and he described the tragedy as a challenge for Christians during Lent “to practice and witness to the commandment of love and brotherly love.”

However, he also told Fides, “Of particular concern to us is the situation of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. But we must take courage, with the help of the Holy Spirit.”

Two reactors at the Fukushima plant were hit by explosions and another was losing its cooling system. Japanese officials were playing down the health risks posed by the emergency at the plant, but they did order evacuations for hundreds of thousands of people.

In a message March 13 to members of the Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople said the Japanese tragedy demonstrates the threat posed by nuclear power plants and it calls for serious reflection.

“With all due respect to the science and technology of nuclear energy and for the sake of the survival of the human race, we counter-propose the safer green forms of energy,” the patriarch said.

The Orthodox patriarch, who is a leading proponent of a Christian environmental theology, said in his message, “Our Creator granted us the gifts of the sun, wind, water and ocean, all of which may safely and sufficiently provide energy. Therefore we ask: Why do we persist in adopting such dangerous sources of energy?”

Meanwhile, the director of Caritas Japan told Fides, “This painful event may be an opportunity to spread the values of the Gospel, that is, the fraternity of all men and women, the building of common good, the recognition that every person has the dignity of a child of God and is important in the eyes of God.

“If with our work and our witness, we can communicate that then from this evil will come good,” the Caritas official, Father Daisuke Narui, told Fides.

3 Responses to Pray for Tsunami Victims in Japan

  1. Mary Reilly says:

    The situation in Japan with the nuclear reactor is apparently getting worse.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-japan-quake-20110315,0,2212206.story

    Let us all pray to Mary the Memorare:

    Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

    Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

  2. Christian says:

    Good News! Lord Jesus Christ is Risen.

    He came by Water and Blood.

    Water of His Baptism in Jordan River where we fulfill ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS
    Blood of His Death the WAGES of SINS

    1 JOHN 5:6″This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the SPIRIT that beareth witness, because the SPIRIT is truth.”

    In HIM we have eternal life because HE is the resurrection
    Eternal Life is a Gift of GOD to those who believe in HIM
    __________________________

    ONE LIVING GOD
    Ephesians 4:4-5 “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism”

    THE WILL OF GOD
    John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

    THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
    Matthew 3:13-17 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

    THE DEATH OF THE LORD
    Romans 6:23 23 for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in ChristJesus our Lord.

    THE CHRISTIANS OR BELIEVERS
    Hebrews 10:10 10God wanted us to be made holy. We have been made holy by Jesus Christ. He made us holy by once making his body a sacrifice.

    THE FOUNDATION OF FAITH
    Romans 10:9 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

    AMEN.

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