The images of the tragic earthquake and consequent tsunami in Japan have deeply shaken us. I would like to renew my spiritual nearness to the dear people of that country, who are dealing with the effects of these calamities with dignity and courage. I pray for the victims and for their families and for all those who are suffering because of these awful events. I encourage those who with praiseworthy readiness are preparing to bring help. We remain united in prayer. The Lord is near!Let us join the Holy Father in prayer.
13 March 2011
Pope shaken at images of earthquake and tsunami
Following his address today after the recitation of the Angelus in St. Peter's Square, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI expressed his spiritual closeness to the Japanese and all those affected by the recent natural disasters: