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Japan - Latest News
Nov 20, 2019 - 05:25 pm .- Though it is mostly an irreligious country, seemingly untroubled by matters of the hereafter, Japan is over-run with festivals and holidays dedicated to the Buddhist and Shinto gods.
Nov 20, 2019 - 04:00 am .- The Archbishop of Tokyo, Isao Kikuchi, spoke with CNA about the challenge for Japanese Catholic churches to keep Catholics engaged, in the face of ongoing population decline and growing religious apathy from Japanese youth.
Nov 13, 2019 - 03:01 am .- Osamu Giovanni Micico had never read the Bible, knew nothing of the stories of Christ in the gospels, and had never heard of the apostles, when his experience studying sacred art in Italy brought him to the Catholic faith.
Nov 4, 2019 - 05:05 pm .- Efforts by the Catholic Church to evangelize the Japanese population have frequently collided with roadblocks, according to Archbishop of Tokyo Isao Kikuchi, but the Church is still finding some ways to proclaim the Gospel.
Oct 30, 2019 - 01:02 pm .- Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Japan in November will include a meeting with people affected by the country’s “triple disaster,” when a major earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, 2011 triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Sep 29, 2019 - 04:00 am .- In the age of mass communication, the Catholic Church is finding previously unimagined opportunities for evangelization – namely, over the internet.
Sep 13, 2019 - 03:40 am .- The Vatican confirmed Friday that Pope Francis will travel to Thailand and Japan in November with stops scheduled in Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Aug 15, 2019 - 04:00 am .- My traveling companion and I could see the steeple of Sakitsu Church from more than a mile and a half away, after we drove through a mountain tunnel and over the large network of streams and lakes that slice up the Japanese city of Amakusa.
Jul 8, 2019 - 05:19 pm .- A Capuchin Franciscan priest from Northern Ireland who spent 50 years on mission in Zambia has been awarded one of Japan’s highest honors for his promotion of judo in Africa.
Jan 24, 2019 - 07:00 pm .- Thousands of convenience stores in Japan will stop selling pornographic magazines, a move they say will help create an environment more conducive to families.
Jan 23, 2019 - 08:07 am .- Pope Francis will visit Japan in November of this year. The pope confirmed the timing of the upcoming trip during remarks to journalists on the flight from Rome to Panama City, Panama, Wednesday.
Nov 28, 2018 - 12:24 am .- A Christian scroll found in a Japanese museum is believed to be from the earliest days of Christianity in the country, researchers have said.
Jul 3, 2018 - 02:42 am .- Places of major importance for Japanese Christianity, including the Nagasaki basilica commemorating 26 Catholic martyrs, have been selected as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Mar 27, 2018 - 12:00 am .- Japan’s National Police Agency has reported that investigations for the possession and distribution of child pornography reached record levels in 2017, the result of a large database of pornography buyers seized by Tokyo police last May.
Sep 18, 2017 - 09:00 am .- In a letter to Japanese bishops, Pope Francis urges his brother prelates to use the example of their country's martyrs as an inspiration to continue their mission of evangelization amid modern-day challenges.
Aug 6, 2017 - 06:08 am .- Through their prayers, people of various religions can work together for peace, Pope Francis has said to an interreligious prayer meeting in Japan.
Feb 8, 2017 - 03:02 am .- A 17th century Catholic Samurai and martyr was beatified during a Mass in ‎Osaka, Japan on Tuesday.
Nov 30, 2016 - 08:18 am .- On Wednesday, Pope Francis added world famous director Martin Scorsese to the list of Hollywood stars he has welcomed for a private meeting in the Vatican, following an official Rome preview of Scorsese’s new film “Silence.”
Sep 13, 2016 - 03:02 am .- In late July, the worst mass killing in Japan since World War II left 19 people dead and 26 people wounded.
Jul 29, 2016 - 05:01 am .- Following Tuesday's mass killing at a care home in Japan for persons with mental disabilities, one of the country's bishops has said the incident demonstrates the need for such persons to be valued and protected by society.