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Pope Francis

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After the arrival of St. Francis Xavier in Japan (1549), the Catholic Church grew rapidly, and the faith was accepted by people of all states of life. Those who ruled were displeased and responded with persecution, leading to tens of thousands of martyrs giving up their lives. Many Christian communities chose to go underground to… Read the full article

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Pope Francis met a group of 48 Jesuits from Southeast Asia during his apostolic visit to Thailand and Japan.      Immediately after his encounter with the members of the Bishops’ Conference of Thailand and the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences at the Shrine of Blessed Nicolas Bunkerd Kitbamrung, Francis moved to an adjoining room where the… Read the full article

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Japan in the new imperial era April 30 and May 1, 2019, have become part of Japan’s modern history. They will be remembered for the abdication of Emperor Akihito (the only abdication in the last two centuries), the ascent to the Chrysanthemum Throne of his son, Naruhito, and for the beginning of a new “imperial… Read the full article

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Pope Francis will be in Thailand in November during a trip that will take him to Japan. The Thailand he comes to visit appears to be in a time of change – a new king, an unstable government, and a place at the heart of one of the major economic centers of the world. But… Read the full article

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On September 1, 2019, during the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis announced the appointment of 13 new cardinals, 10 of whom were under 80 years of age and therefore have the right to vote in a conclave. The solemn consistory in St. Peter’s, during which they will receive the red hat, will take place on October… Read the full article

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On Thursday, September 5, 2019, during his trip to Mozambique, Pope Francis met privately with a group of 24 Jesuits, 20 from Mozambique, three from Zimbabwe and one from Portugal. Among them was the provincial, Fr. Chiedza Chimhanda. The meeting took place in the nunciature at about 6:15 p.m. at the end of a full… Read the full article

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In the vision of Pope Francis, fraternity – being brothers and sisters – has a transcendental value and a programmatic character. If you “pass by,” taking it for granted, or if you use the term lightly, almost as if saying “brothers and sisters” were enough to avoid the temptations of indifference, bureaucracy or authoritarianism, it… Read the full article

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Cardinal-designate Michael Czerny, SJ and Dominican Msgr David Martínez de Aguirre provides an introduction to the next Synod for the Amazon to be held in Rome in October. Martínez de Aguirre was a missionary in Peru for 18 years and, since 2015, has been Apostolic Vicar of Puerto Maldonado. Fr Michael Czerny – who has… Read the full article

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