Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Pope expected to make Thailand visit in November Comments 0

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

Japanese museum finds early Christian scroll Comments 0

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

A Japanese museum has found a scroll written by the country’s early Christians. According to “The Mainichi” newspaper, an inscription on the scroll reads “1592 years since His Birth,”. This has suggested to historians that this was the year the scroll was created. Carbon dating has dated the scroll as having been created prior to Read more

Japanese visit on cards for Pope Comments 0

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

A Japanese visit is a possibility for Pope Francis next year. If he goes, it will be only the second time a Catholic pontiff has visited visit Japan. St Pope John Paul II visited Japan in 1981. Francis made the announcement of his proposed visit to members of the “Tensho Kenoh Shisetsu Kenshokai” association he Read more

Chinese authorities say missionary work is illegal Comments 0

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Chinese authorities have detained 21 Japanese missionaries over the past few weeks. The missionaries were working in several southwestern provinces and in the northwestern autonomous region of Ningxia. The detention of the 21 Christian group members is thought to be part of the Chinese authorities’ efforts to crack down on missionary work. They are categorising missionary Read more

Japan’s bishops say separate private and state religious ceremonies Comments 0

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Japan’s bishops have written to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. They want strict observance of the constitutional separation of state-sponsored ceremonies. They say these ceremonies should be clearly separated from the imperial family’s private religious ones when the change of emperors takes place in 2019. The bishops note this principle was “learned from reflection on history Read more

The life of the last Irish missionary nun in Japan Comments 0

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

In 2010, Sister Paschal (Jennie) O’Sullivan returned home to Ireland at the age of 98 after 75 years of missionary work in Japan, which including teaching English at one of the Japan’s most prestigious girls’ schools, Denenchofu Futaba in Tokyo. Among her past pupils is Japan’s Crown Princess Masako. Following Sister Paschal’s 100th birthday, her Read more

A Japanese Sister’s experience of war Comments 0

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II is a good reason to tell my dreadful experience of war – and in the end – how it led me to the Good Samaritan Sisters. On December 8, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbour. This brought Japan into World War II. At that time I Read more

Japanese author says Church like an ‘East’ in the West Comments 0

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

A Japanese author, in a book about Benedict XVI, has described the Catholic Church as an “East” in a West determined to impose its values on other cultures. Hajime Konno, in his book “Benedictus PP XVI, Renovatio Europae Renovatio”, draws attention to the Western presumption that wants to impose its values on the entire world. Read more

Catholic priest blessed atomic bomb crews — his conversion Comments 0

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Father George Zabelka, the Catholic chaplain to the 509th Composite Group — the atomic bomb group — blessed the aircrews and their two missions before they set out to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Seventy years ago, on August 6, 1945, the single most destructive weapon ever unleashed upon human beings and the environment – the atomic bomb – Read more

Nagasaki 69 years after destruction Comments 0

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

After a typhoon chased us across the main island of Japan, my family and I found ourselves marching in the rain up a long hill in the middle of Nagasaki in search of the Urakami Cathedral. With the approaching 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing here in 1945, we felt a sense of awe and Read more