Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

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

Martin Scorsese to make movie about Jesuit mission in Japan Comments 0

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Famed movie director Martin Scorsese is to make a film based on the Jesuit Catholic mission to Japan in the 17th century. The film will be based on “Silence” by Japanese author Shusako Endo. It is based on the story of Tome Ferreira (1580-1650), a Portuguese Jesuit missionary, who renounced the Christian faith under torture Read more

Eurocentric church does not fit Asia say Japan’s bishops Comments 0

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Catholic Church’s teaching are not known in Japan and the Vatican’s Europe-centric views hamper evangelisation efforts where Catholics represent a small minority of the population. This is the response of Japan’s bishops to the Vatican survey of global Catholics’ view on family issues. In what CNS describes at as a ‘sometimes pointed’ and ‘blunt’ 15 Read more

3/11 Japanese earthquake – the untold stories of spiritual response Comments 0

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The huge earthquake that struck northeast Japan on March 11, 2011 tested a nation and its faith. On this first anniversary we pause to remember that day, with prayer and reflection on what it means. Without warning, on a cold sunny day, an entire region was shaken by one of five most powerful earthquakes ever recorded; Read more