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Japan earthquake victims remembered at Southwark Cathedral service

Posted on: March 18, 2014 1:54 PM
More than 200 origami doves were placed on the altar steps of Southwark Cathedral
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[London SE1] Saturday's choral evensong took the form of a memorial to the victims of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in March 2011.

The number of victims is understood to be over 20,000 with many people still missing. Almost 280,000 people remain living in temporary accommodation.

The service opened with the Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Michael Ipgrave, reading in English and Japanese a message from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

"We continue to hold in our prayers all those still living as evacuees and those uncertain as to what the future will hold," said the Most Revd Justin Welby.

"We hold before God all those who lost loved ones and commend those who died to the mercy and compassion of God.

The Rt Revd John Hiromichi Kato, Bishop of Tohoku, preaching at the service, said that all Japan's eleven Anglican dioceses had joined together for the first time to support victims.

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