Pope hails `courageous` Japanese people
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 13, 2011, 21:11
Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday hailed the "courageous" Japanese people and called for prayers for the victims after the country was devastated by a huge earthquake and tsunami.

"I ask you to join me in praying for the victims of the recent devastation visited upon Japan," the pope said after the weekly Angelus prayer.

"May the bereaved and injured be comforted and may the rescue workers be strengthened in their efforts to assist the courageous Japanese people," the pope said.

Japan is predominantly Shintoist and Buddhist, with only 1.5 per cent of the total population, or less than two million people, Christian. Less than half a million are Catholic.


First Published: Sunday, March 13, 2011, 21:11

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