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Illustration of the Japanese Tanabata mythology.

Tokyo archbishop: Japanese Shinto celebrations a chance for evangelization

Nov 20, 2019

Though it is mostly an irreligious country, seemingly untroubled by matters of the hereafter, Japan is over-run with festivals and... Read more

Archbishop Isao Kikuchi of Tokyo. CNA file photo.

Archbishop of Tokyo: ‘Collapse of traditional family system’ a challenge for irreligious Japan

Nov 20, 2019

The Archbishop of Tokyo, Isao Kikuchi, spoke with CNA about the challenge for Japanese Catholic churches to keep Catholics engaged,... Read more

Archbishop Isao Kikuchi of Tokyo. CNA file photo.

Tokyo archbishop: It is 'difficult to find success' on evangelization in Japan

Nov 4, 2019

Efforts by the Catholic Church to evangelize the Japanese population have frequently collided with roadblocks, according to Archbishop of Tokyo... Read more

A mourner at a cemetery on the eighth anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Pope Francis to meet victims of Japan's 2011 'triple disaster'

Oct 30, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Japan in November will include a meeting with people affected by the country’s “triple disaster,”... Read more

Online Japanese Catholics are looking for a digital shepherd

Sep 29, 2019

In the age of mass communication, the Catholic Church is finding previously unimagined opportunities for evangelization – namely, over the... Read more

Pope Francis at a Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 17, 2015.

Pope Francis to visit Thailand and Japan in November

Sep 13, 2019

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican confirmed Friday that Pope Francis will travel to Thailand and Japan in November with stops scheduled in Tokyo,... Read more

Sakitsu Church.

The Japanese treasure of Sakitsu Church

Aug 15, 2019

My traveling companion and I could see the steeple of Sakitsu Church from more than a mile and a half... Read more

Father Jude McKenna holds his Order of the Rising Sun award alongside Japan's Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, Mari Miyoshi.

Japan awards priest for promoting friendship in Africa through judo

Jul 8, 2019

A Capuchin Franciscan priest from Northern Ireland who spent 50 years on mission in Zambia has been awarded one of... Read more

Major Japanese convenience stores ban pornography

Jan 24, 2019

Thousands of convenience stores in Japan will stop selling pornographic magazines, a move they say will help create an environment... Read more

Pope Francis receives a gift aboard the papal plane to Panama Jan. 23, 2019.

'Get ready!' Pope leaves for Panama, confirms visit to Japan

Jan 23, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis will visit Japan in November of this year. The pope confirmed the timing of the upcoming trip during... Read more

Japanese museum finds rare scroll from country's early Christians

Nov 28, 2018

A Christian scroll found in a Japanese museum is believed to be from the earliest days of Christianity in the... Read more

Oura Church in Nagasaki, Japan.

Once hidden, the history of Japanese Christianity gains UN recognition

Jul 3, 2018

Places of major importance for Japanese Christianity, including the Nagasaki basilica commemorating 26 Catholic martyrs, have been selected as UNESCO... Read more

Child pornography charges increasing in Japan

Mar 26, 2018

Japan’s National Police Agency has reported that investigations for the possession and distribution of child pornography reached record levels in... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his April 26, 2017 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Remember the witness of your martyrs, Pope tells Japanese bishops

Sep 18, 2017

By Elise Harris

In a letter to Japanese bishops, Pope Francis urges his brother prelates to use the example of their country's martyrs... Read more

Enryaku-ji, a Tendai Buddhist monastery near Kyoto, Japan, where the interreligious prayer meeting is being held.

Want peace and love? Remember to pray, Pope Francis says

Aug 6, 2017

Through their prayers, people of various religions can work together for peace, Pope Francis has said to an interreligious prayer... Read more

Samurai.

Samurai martyr beatified in Japan

Feb 8, 2017

A 17th century Catholic Samurai and martyr was beatified during a Mass in ‎Osaka, Japan on Tuesday.  Read more

Pope Francis meets director Martin Scorsese in the Vatican Nov. 30, 2016.

Pope Francis meets Martin Scorsese, director of 'Silence,' at Vatican

Nov 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday, Pope Francis added world famous director Martin Scorsese to the list of Hollywood stars he has welcomed for... Read more

Police crime tape closes the entrance of Tsukui Yamayuri En care home on July 27, 2016 in Sagamihara, Japan.

Why Japan won't release the names of its knife attack victims

Sep 13, 2016

By Mary Farrow

In late July, the worst mass killing in Japan since World War II left 19 people dead and 26 people... Read more

Japan reacts to mass stabbing at care center for the disabled.

Japan knife attack shows disabled persons 'have to be protected'

Jul 29, 2016

Following Tuesday's mass killing at a care home in Japan for persons with mental disabilities, one of the country's bishops... Read more

Spring cherry blossoms. Photo

How the beauty of Bach's music evangelized Japan

Jun 2, 2016

By Mary Farrow

Several years ago, a Lutheran theologian and former Japanese newspaper correspondent uncovered an unusual phenomenon in Japan.  Read more