Today this same council announced that in addition to his prayers, Pope Benedict XVI has sent $100,000 US dollars to the Japanese Conference of Catholic Bishops to assist in the relief of the people of Japan suffering so greatly from the recent earthquakes and tsunami.
The Holy Father also sent the following telegram to Archbishop Leo Ikenaga, S.J., President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan:
Deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic effects of the major earthquake and consequent tsunamis which have struck Japan 's north-eastern coastal regions, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI assures all who have been afflicted of his closeness at this difficult time. He prays for those who have died, and upon their grieving families and friends he invokes divine blessings of strength and consolation. The Holy Father also expresses his prayerful solidarity with all those providing rescue, relief and support to the victims of this disaster