TOKYO — “I have grown old this past year,” said Father Takashi Aizu. Many members of his small Catholic congregation in Kesennuma, Japan, a town northeast of Sendai, lost everything when a devastating tsunami hit last year.
Yet, to the energetic priest, the tsunami was not a total disaster. “It was a terrible experience, but it has brought us the warmth of many people. It made me see things in people that usually remain hidden. That has given me a lot of strength.”
The tsunami has also pumped fresh blood into his church. Dozens of Filipino women with young children have joined since the quake. “That there were so many Filipinos living around here — we only discovered when they came to us...READ MORE