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US bishops offer prayers, urge donations for Japan

March 18, 2011

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has written the Japanese hierarchy “to assure you of the prayers and solidarity of the bishops and faithful in the United States at this difficult moment. We commend the Church and the people of Japan to the intercession of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, asking her to care for all of those left in conditions of suffering because of the quake and the aftershocks.”

The USCCB is asking Catholics to support Catholic Relief Services’ efforts to aid those affected by the earthquake. “These [donations] will be used for the immediate humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable and support the local Catholic Church in its on-going mission,” said Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, chairman of the relief agency’s board.


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  • Posted by: kmbold - Mar. 18, 2011 9:55 PM ET USA

    I'd feel a mite more confident and eager to donate if someone else was chairman of Catholic Relief Services...