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Special collection: Catholics asked to support church relief efforts for Japan quake, tsunami victims

A press release on the Green Bay Diocese website:

GREEN BAY (March 22, 2011) -- Bishop David Ricken is encouraging all parishes to take up a special collection for the people of Japan any weekend during Lent. Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. Bishops’ overseas aid agency, said relief efforts to Japan will be ongoing as it works with Caritas International and others to assist people in northern Japan devastated by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

Caritas Japan has indicated that it plans to focus on long-term recovery, rather than immediate relief work, which is being run by the Japanese Army.

"The people of Japan who have suffered this tragedy are our brothers and sisters," Sean Callahan, CRS vice president of overseas operations said. "Though it is too early to know the exact details of how we will help, we know that it is our mission to aid them in this time of need."

Individuals also can donate directly to Catholic Relief Services’ assistance efforts in Japan:

• Mail checks for CRS/Japan Relief to: Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay, P.O. Box 23001, Green Bay, WI 54305-3001.

• Mail checks for "Japan Relief" to: Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7090.
Make online donations directly to CRS

Read more about Catholic Relief Services and Japan

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The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 345,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.

Contact
Deacon Ray DuBois
Director of Communications
Phone: 920-272-8213
E-mail: rdubois@gbdioc.org

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