28 November, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 04/16/2005
VATICAN - CONCLAVE - JAPAN
Hamao, helping migrants is mission's new frontier in Asia

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Card Stephen Fumio Hamao, president of the Pontifical Council for the Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, was born in Tokyo (Japan) on 9 March 1930.

He is the first bishop from the Far East to head an important division within the Roman curia.

He studied at the Urban College in Rom (1951-1958) and is a graduate in Canon Law from the Eternal City's Pontifical Gregorian University in 1962.

He was ordained a priest on 21 December 1957 and became Auxiliary Bishop of Tokyo in 1970.

In 1979 he was named Bishop of Yokohama where he was responsible for various commissions, including that of vice president of Caritas Internationalis and president of Caritas Asia/Oceania (1989-1996), in charge of youth apostolate (1980-1986) and president of the Bishops' Conference of Japan (1995-1998).

In 1990, he launched a pastoral plan to meet the needs of foreign residents.

Since June 15 1998, Cardinal Hamao has been president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, but has had to give up the pastoral leadership of Yokohama.

He was created and proclaimed cardinal by John Paul II in the consistory of 21 October 2003, of the Deaconry of St John Bosco in Via Tuscolana.

Right after the December 26, 2004, tsunami the Apostolate for the Sea, which is part of the Council for Migrants and Itinerant People, began taking concrete steps to help the south and south-eastern populations affected by the natural disaster.

On that occasion, he stressed the need to target aid for fishermen and provide psychological assistance to children.

His pastoral work has been inspired by John Paul II's invitation to make the parish church "everyone's home".

In a recent interview with AsiaNews, Cardinal Hamao explained that "emigration is nourishing a new missionary trend. [And] the parish must become a 'second home' for migrants, a place where they are welcomed with open arms in a spirit of hospitality irrespective of their religion".

He is a member of the congregations for the Evangelisation of Peoples and of the Causes of Saints. He also sits on the Pontifical Councils Cor Unum and Justice and Peace as well as on the Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses. (MA)


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
04/15/2005 VATICAN-CONCLAVE-JAPAN
Card Shirayanagi, working for peace and dialogue with China
04/15/2005 VATICAN – CONCLAVE – INDONESIA
Darmaatmadja, a moderate voice in the dialogue with Islam
04/15/2005 VATICAN - CONCLAVE
Where are the cardinals from?
04/18/2005 VATICAN-CONCLAVE
Cardinals in conclave as doors to Sistine Chapel are shut
04/14/2005 VATICAN - CONCLAVE
Voting for new pope begins Monday
VATICAN – CONCLAVE – INDIA
Dias, from world diplomat to Mumbai pastor
VATICAN – CONCLAVE - PHILIPPINES
Card Vidal, a view on migrants, the family and peace
VATICAN – CONCLAVE – SYRIA
Moussa I Daoud, symbol of the Eastern Catholic tradition
VATICAN-CONCLAVE-JAPAN
Card Shirayanagi, working for peace and dialogue with China
VATICAN – CONCLAVE – INDIA
Card Vithayathil, focus on the family, religious freedom and the poor
VATICAN – CONCLAVE – INDONESIA
Darmaatmadja, a moderate voice in the dialogue with Islam
VATICAN – CONCLAVE – VIETNAM
Phan Minh Man, talking to the Communists
VATICAN – CONCLAVE – INDIA
Toppo, a Tribal in the College of Cardinals
VATICAN – CONCLAVE – THAILAND
Michai Kitbunchu, first cardinal from Thailand

Editor's choices
IRAQ - ITALY
Letter from Archbishop of Mosul: Thank you for your aid, supporting the plight of refugees
by Amel NonaThe donations made through the "Adopt a Christian from Mosul" campaign are used to buy food, warm clothes, blankets for refugees and rent houses or caravans given the early onset of winter and. Two women have defended their Christian faith before the Islamist militants who wanted to convert them, despite the threat of death. A refugee among refugees, Msgr. Nona discovers a new way of being a pastor.
IRAQ - ITALY
Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraA second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."
IRAQ-VATICAN
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul": Archbishops’ thanks as first aid arrives
by Amel NonaMsgr. Amel Nona, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, who is also a refugee himself, thanks all the donors to the AsiaNews campaign. The situation is increasingly difficult given the huge number of refugees and the arrival of winter and snow, making outdoor shelters and tents impossible. The crisis, an occasion that activates the faith of Christians.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.