"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Japanese Church helping tsunami and nuclear crisis victims

Parishes in the Tokyo archdiocese are collecting blankets and other first aid items for seaquake-hit prefectures. In Ibaraki, a collection centre helps people displaced from the area around the Fukushima nuclear power plant. In Sendai, some roads are reopened, giving rescue teams access to hitherto isolated areas. (This is what the TRUE CATHOLIC CHURCH of CHRIST did for the last 2,000 years. -CD2000)

Tokyo (AsiaNews) – The Church continues to work hard to help the victims of Japan’s tsunami and nuclear crisis. Guadalupe missionary Fr David Uribe told AsiaNews that in many parishes in the Tokyo archdiocese, the faithful have organised special collections of first aid items, especially blankets, destined for the prefectures affected by the seaquake, where the number of dead now stands at around 18,000.

On Saturday, the diocese of Saitama (Ibaraki), which borders with Fukushima Prefecture, set up a special centre in the city of Mito to help the thousands of people displaced by radioactive nuclear leaks.

Catholics living in cities south of Tokyo are helping out as well, opening their doors to foreigners and Japanese families who left the capital fearing radiations.

Fr Uribe noted that the diocese of Sendai has not yet been able to contact most of the parishes under its jurisdiction since the tsunami hit. However, emergency teams have reopened many roads and communications links to the prefectures located northeast of Sendai. However, non-residents are still not allowed to travel there.

Yesterday Mgr Peter Okada Takeo, archbishop of Tokyo, urged the Japanese and foreigners who left the country not to be afraid, but pray instead for Japan. In a message, the prelate expressed his spiritual closeness to all those in difficulty. “In many parts of the world, people are praying for Japan,” he said.

In the meantime, the World Bank has issued a statement, estimating that reconstruction costs could be as high as US$ 330 billion.

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