Hear the voice from those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan that hit the country on March 11, 2011. These are translations of texts mostly from twitter--I do this simply because I want to let people around the world know about what those affected are going through now, what they need, what they are saying. I want the audience to think what they could do to help in any way possible.
Pope Benedict XVI responded to a question from a girl living in Japan,"Why do the kids in Japan have to go through such a terrifying and sad thing," through a TV program by RAI, Italian national TV network.
The girl is 7-year-old Elena Matsuki, living in Chiba Prefecture. She asked Pope a question through a video letter recorded at the balcony of her apartment.
Pope responded by saying, "I myself have been asking that question and there might not be an answer. Jesus Christ suffered from being falsely charged with the crime he did not commit and he would always be with you."
According to Elena's 63-year-old grandma, when the earthquake hit, Elena was at her home, an apartment on the10th floor with her mother and experienced strong shaking many times. Elena later learned that many children died from the quake, the question she asked Pope occurred to her.
Pope also said, "Your sorrow never goes away. However, people around the world are thinking about the Japanese people and I pray for all the suffering children in Japan."