Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Catholic bishops criticise Fukushima clean-up plans

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Japan and Korea’s Catholic bishops are decrying the Japanese government’s plans to clean-up Fukushima by releasing millions of litres of radioactive water into the sea. “We oppose the release of water containing the radioactive substance tritium into the ocean after purifying the contaminated water from Tepco’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant,” they said this week Read more

Japanese dioceses suspend Masses amid coronavirus epidemic

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Japanese dioceses have chosen to suspend Masses for several weeks due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic across the country. Last week, the Archdiocese of Tokyo cancelled all public Masses for more than two weeks in order to prevent the spread of the virus — a policy in line with secular precautions being taken by the Read more

Bullies are scared cowards says Pope

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Pope Francis, visiting Japan, denounced an “epidemic” of bullying that torments young people in Japan but also around the world. “We must all unite against this culture of bullying and learn to say ‘Enough!’ “It is an epidemic, and together you can find the best medicine to treat it.” “Bullies are afraid, and they cover Read more

A world without nuclear weapons is possible

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Pope Francis, Monday, travelled to Hiroshima and Nagasaki and standing before survivors of the 1945 atomic bombing, Francis said a world without nuclear weapons is possible. Francis said it is “perverse” to think the threat of nuclear weapons makes the world safer. Calling their use a crime against the dignity of humanity and against any Read more

Sex tourism, suicide, the death penalty, peace: Pope visits Thailand and Japan

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

As Pope Francis beging the thirty-second trip of his pontificate Nov. 19 to Thailand and Japan, he will once again be visiting nations where Catholics are a small minority. In both countries, there’s one Catholic for every 200 people, as opposed to roughly one for five in the United States. The Nov. 19-26 trip will Read more

Japan’s ageing ‘Hidden Christians’ fear they may be their religion’s last generation

Thursday, November 21st, 2019
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His face weathered from years at sea, kimono-clad Japanese fisherman Masaichi Kawasaki kneels before an altar adorned with images of the Virgin Mary, crossing himself as he softly intones chants handed down through centuries. Kawasaki, 69, is one of a dwindling number of Japan’s “Kakure Kirishitan,” or “Hidden Christians,” descendants of those who preserved their Read more

Pope Francis keeps his promise to Asia

Monday, November 18th, 2019
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As Pope Francis prepares to embark on his fourth trip to Asia in the seventh year of his pontificate, he is delivering in a big way on the promise he made shortly after his election that he would make Asia a key focus of his papacy. When he appointed Filipino Cardinal Luis Tagle as head Read more

Has the pope missed an opportunity in Thailand?

Thursday, November 14th, 2019
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In many ways Pope Francis is following in the footsteps of his great travelling predecessor St. John Paul II in his apostolic visits to Thailand and Japan. The first Asia trip of St. John Paul II in 1981 included Japan, and in 1984 he visited Thailand. But the comparison appears to end right there — Read more

Evangelisation is tough in Japan

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Despite the difficulties evangelisation in Japan presents, the Catholic Church still finds ways to proclaim the Gospel, says Tokyo’s Archbishop Isao Kikuchi. He says it’s been difficult for the Church to move into mainstream Japanese society, which has faced persecution and genocide since 1549. “In Japanese society, it is difficult to find tangible success in Read more

Pope expected to make Thailand visit in November

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Pope Francis is expected to make an official trip to Thailand in November ahead of an already announced visit to Japan, becoming the first pontiff in nearly four decades to go to either country, Vatican sources say. The three sources said the trip would be announced soon. The late Pope John Paul visited Japan in Read more