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Apr 12, 2020 - 05:00 pm .- 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.
Mar 11, 2020 - 04:00 am .- More dioceses in Japan have shut down Mass for the coming weeks in response to the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus nationwide.
Mar 4, 2020 - 07:00 pm .- Several Japanese dioceses have suspended Masses for several weeks due to the ongoing coronavirus scare across the country.
Nov 27, 2019 - 02:00 pm .- “Most of Japanese people don’t know we exist,” Minori Takeuchi told CNA last week.
Nov 27, 2019 - 05:00 am .- On Sundays, Fr. Raniel Berdos can be found strolling the aisles of St. Mary's Cathedral in Tokyo.
Nov 25, 2019 - 01:35 pm .- The image used at a papal Mass in Nagasaki had an additional significance: It is a sculpture of Mary that survived the explosion of the atomic bomb in 1945.
Nov 25, 2019 - 09:00 am .- Pope Francis met Monday with Emperor Naruhito of Japan. It was the first meeting of the two less, less than two weeks since Naruhito completed the rituals that made him the newest emperor in the world’s oldest continuous hereditary throne.
Nov 24, 2019 - 09:28 pm .- If people neglect prayer and the interior life, they are at risk of becoming spiritual zombies, who seem fine on the outside, but on the inside are lonely and lacking life, Pope Francis said Monday.
Nov 24, 2019 - 07:49 pm .- In a meeting Monday with people affected by Japan’s 2011 “triple disaster,” Pope Francis criticized society’s indifference toward the suffering of others.
Nov 23, 2019 - 07:55 pm .- Pope Francis Sunday honored the many martyrs who died in Japan during two centuries of persecution, encouraging Catholics in the country to use their heroic witness as inspiration to spread the Gospel.
Nov 23, 2019 - 06:48 pm .- At the ground zero site of the 1945 nuclear attack on Nagasaki, Pope Francis said the threat of using nuclear weapons is not the way to build peace and shared responsibility in the human family, reiterating the Church’s commitment to peace.
Nov 23, 2019 - 05:00 pm .- For centuries, Japanese intellectuals, emperors, and missionaries have asked the same question: What does it mean to be both Japanese and Catholic?
Nov 23, 2019 - 03:30 pm .- Wearing a t-shirt with a cartoon image of Pope Francis, Minori Takeuchi energetically bounces while she walks outside Joseph Hall, switching between English and Japanese as she tells friends to come to the library.
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 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.

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