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Messages related to Typhoon Yolanda


Dear Filipino Brothers and Sisters in Japan,
              It was with great sorrow that we heard that Typhoon Yolanda took a huge number of people’s lives and inflicted serious damage in the Philippines. We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies.
             Many of you who have family members, relatives or friends in the affected areas are, I am sure, deeply worried because it is hard to obtain detailed information from remote areas. We pray for those who lost their lives and those who are still suffering due to this typhoon.
              We Japanese recall how we received a huge amount of aid from the Philippines after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. We also remember with gratitude that Filipino communities in Japan engaged in aid activities with us as the members of the Church of Japan. We would like to make the utmost effort to show the same solidarity in the latest typhoon disaster.
              We pray that relief activities and reconstruction can be carried out at the earliest possible date.



Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Parishes of Japan,
              Various aid activities for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines such as fund-raising campaigns are underway in many places. In the Church of Japan, all donations are sent to Caritas Japan to be forwarded to the Philippines. Basically, donations from the Catholic Commission of Japan for Migrants, Refugees and People on the Move are also included in these contributions.
              In addition, Filipino communities in Japan are already engaging in their own aid activities, including charity concerts and bazaars in various regions. We would like to support their spontaneous activities as much as possible in solidarity with them. To that end, your contributions will be deeply appreciated.

              In prayers,

November 28, 2013

Bishop Michael Goro Matsuura
Chairman of the Catholic Commission of Japan
for Migrants, Refugees and People on the Move


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