CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 17 February 2018

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Reaching out to people of Fukushima

  HONG KONG (SE): Young people from various youth groups in Hong Kong put together to make wristbands with the words God is Love inscribed on them in both English and Japanese, as a gesture of solidarity with the suffering people of Sendai, Japan, in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

The wristbands, which come in a variety of different colours, have been on sale at parish doors on Sundays, as well as at preparation gatherings for World Youth Day.

 The money from the sale of the wristbands has been sent to Japan to be used in the Church outreach in the devastated area

It represents not only the dollars and cents, but the best wishes of the people of Hong Kong at a time of great suffering.

In addition, a large number of wristbands were sent to Japan as an ongoing reminder to people that others across the seas remember them in their hour of need.

They are a sign of the links that exist between people of all races, ethnic origins and nations.

Japan today is facing the grim prospect of increased damage caused by the leaked radiation from the damaged Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, as food grown up to 300 kilometres away from the site has been found to be contaminated.

Both the Japanese prime minister and the mayor of  Hiroshima are calling for an end to the nuclear industry, even for peaceful purposes.

The prime minister wants the nations 40 or so nuclear power plants replace as quickly as possible.

 

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