Net links families separated by quake

Happy ending but husband is still grieving in Japan

Net links families separated by quake
Filipino workers on their way home from Japan (GMA News TV photo)
Fr. Romy Ponte, San Pablo City, Philippines

March 17, 2011

A Filipino woman and her children thought they would not hear from each other again after the devastation brought about by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last Friday. They prayed hard for a new lease of life, and their prayers were answered. The mother, who is in Tokyo, greeted her daughter during her birthday in San Pablo City in the Philippines on Wednesday. Josephine Sato, 39, was working in Tokyo and her Japanese husband, Toshiichi Sato, 60, was elsewhere when the earthquake took place. Josephine's family in the Philippines prayed hard when they learned of the quake. For several days they waited for news from Japan. Through the Internet, Josephine was able to talk with her daughter Anne Frances, who was celebrating her 20th birthday on Wednesday. She said her joy was not complete because her husband is still in Fukushima and is grieving for the loss of his loved ones. In Manila, Catholic bishops and priests gave their share of donations for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Father Anton Pascual, Caritas Manila executive director, said priests and bishops from Metro Manila each gave P1,000 to Caritas Japan. The social action arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) also launched a national campaign to raise aid for Japan. "Although Japan is a world power, Christian charity bids us to be one with those who suffer," said Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo. Related reports Earthquake prompts regional detente Asia steps up response to quake crisis PL13656.1645

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