March 21 Update on Orthodox in Japan

March 21, 2011

There are 30,000 Japanese who identify themselves with Orthodoxy. The Serbian Orthodox Church give an update on the state of Orthodox Christians in Japan:

The Holy Autonomous Orthodox Church in Japan and the Metropolitan Council wholeheartedly appreciates your prayers and spiritual supports. The nation’s biggest earthquake in recent history struck the whole East Japan diocese and the subsequent tsunami disasters devastated the west coastal regions of Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima and Ibaragi prefectures and damaged the city of Sendai partly, where the Episcopal throne of the Diocese exists, and almost all the regional Orthodox communities which exist along the Pacific coast.

The Holy Autonomous Orthodox Church in Japan, accepting condolences from and sharing sorrow and grief with brothers and sisters of Orthodox Churches all over the world, mourns for all the victims of this disaster and prays that the merciful and loving God may save the lives of all those missing people, and heal the wounds of all those injured, and comfort those who lost houses and possessions and are left homeless and defenseless, and for the repose of the souls of all those who perished in the terrible disasters, that God grant them peace and courage and strength to the national authorities who are making great efforts to save the lives of the survivors.

However, the whole nation still finds itself in danger and uncertainty; the aftershock of the earthquake continues and the prospect of recovery of traffic, communication and lifelines is not certain at all.

Read the full report here.

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