Humanitarian aid efforts begin in Japan

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ROME — Church officials in Japan are setting up an emergency center to coordinate humanitarian aid operations in Sendai, the area most devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The center will be managed by Caritas Japan and will draw on the resources of numerous Catholic volunteers who have come forward in the wake of the disaster, the Vatican missionary news agency Fides reported. The U.S. bishops' Catholic Relief Services is working with Caritas Japan.

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