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People of faith in Japan have marked the six-month anniversary of the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami with prayer services across the country.
Japan's churches bodies have been urged to form a consortium to respond to the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant accident.
A Japanese church leader has said that he wants to avoid a huge number of well-intentioned volunteers visiting, and overwhelming, the 'quake area.
Residents of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince marked Easter 2011 by looking past the rubble of the recent quake and placing hopes on a better future.
A 'cross of comfort' has been erected at a church site about one month after its building was washed away by the tsunami that devastated Japan.
Following the 11 March earthquake and tsunami, a Christian network is joining with Buddhists to provide bereavement services to prevent suicides.
As recovery efforts in Japan proceed, the full impact of the earthquake and tsunami two weeks ago continues to be felt by the churches there.
A clearer conception of what is meant by Christian prayer is needed, says Kat Neumann, if are to find in it an adequate, sensible yet sensitive response to a situation like the earthquake in Japan.
Churches are among those who keep searching for missing people, including clergy, members and their families, as the quake death toll rises.