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A British rescue team begin their search for trapped people as snow falls in Kamaishi, Japan (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Japanese bishops announce the establishment of an emergency centre to co-ordinate humanitarian aid

Pope Benedict XVI says Japanese people are facing calamity with ‘dignity and courage’

A Japan civil defence officer holds a four-month-old girl who was rescued along with her family from their home in Ishimaki, northern Japan (CNS photo/Yomiuri Shimbun/Reuters)

Pope Benedict XVI said after his Angelus yesterday that images of the earthquake and tsunami have ‘left us all horrified’

A tsunami hits the coastal area of Iwanuma in northeastern Japan (CNS photo/Reuters/Kyodo)

Bishops’ conference officials sleep overnight in offices amid aftershocks and ‘terrible’ tsunamis