Vatican cardinal to visit earthquake-ravaged Sendai
May 13, 2011
Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, is visiting Japan from May 13 to 16 on behalf of Pope Benedict to convey the Pontiff’s closeness, prayers, and assistance to victims of the March 11 earthquake. The cardinal will visit homeless shelters, preside at a Mass at the cathedral of Sendai (the earthquake’s epicenter), and join the nation’s bishops in Tokyo for a Mass of thanksgiving for the beatification of Pope John Paul II.
Established in 1971, the pontifical council expresses “the care of the Catholic Church for the needy, thereby encouraging human fellowship and making manifest the charity of Christ,” in the words of the 1988 apostolic constitution Pastor Bonus.
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