Sendai holds tsunami anniversary Mass
ucanews.com correspondent, Tokyo
March 12, 2013
Sendai diocese’s Ofunato Church in Iwate prefecture celebrated a commemorative Mass on the two-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11, 2011.
In addition to regular parishioners and visitors from neighboring churches, volunteers from Caritas Japan who helped aid victims attended the Mass, celebrated by Bishop Tetsuo Hiraga of Sendai.
The bishop reflected on the lives of five parishioners of Ofunato Church who perished in the tsunami, and the hundreds more from Ofunato City who died or were never found.
In Ofunato city and surrounding areas, residents observed a moment of silence at 2:46 pm, the moment the earthquake struck two years ago. Bells chimed from Christian churches and Buddhist temples alike, while the city government sounded sirens to mark the occasion.
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