March 28, 2011

Japanese Church officials are setting up an emergency centre to coordinate humanitarian aid operations in Sendai, the area most devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Bishop Martin Tetsuo Hiraga of Sendai and the diocesan chancellor, Father Peter Shiro Komatsu will be the director and vice director of the centre, and a Caritas worker will be stationed there to coordinate aid work.

Clergy and laypeople from other dioceses may also join the work.

The centre is expected to operate for six months.

Komatsu said he had begun contacting several downtown parishes to find rooms for the displaced quake victims and added that the Church might offer shelter to relief workers.