What follows is the text of a letter from Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, to his colleague, Archbishop Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu, Primate of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai.
I write on behalf of your brothers and sisters in Christ in the Anglican Church of Canada.
We are so saddened by the terrible news of today’s 8.9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that have crushed or swept so many people to their deaths and caused such widespread destruction. As we follow the news we recognize your very real fears of after-shocks and further tsunamis.
We assure you of our sympathy and of our prayers for all who have died and those who mourn their loss, for all who are injured and those who tend them, for all who frantically wait word of their loved ones.
We hold before God all those who are engaged in the relief efforts as well as you and all who are ministering to the needs of a stricken, grieving nation.
In the compassion of Christ,
Fred J. Hiltz
Archbishop and Primate
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