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Christmas in Japan, studying Evangelii Gaudium to understand the faith better
During Advent, the bishop of Niigata led study sessions dedicated to Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, which he describes as "a major challenge for Catholics" in Japan. In the New Year, it will be the turn to study Ad Gentes.
For the bishop of Niigata, charity is the right tool for new evangelisation in Japan
After a summer of activities on behalf of Caritas Internationalis, the bishop opened the new year with a pastoral visit to his diocese. Rising number of migrants and the decline of the native population are "challenges for the pastoral ministry, which needs a greater impetus." We must "bear witness to God's love through dialogue and work" in order to reach rural communities.
For the bishop of Niigata, integral human development is key to stopping terrorism
After the attacks in Paris, the president of Caritas Asia reflects on the evil cycle of violence that seems to have gripped the world. For him, “violent retaliation” is unnecessary; “such a solution would be only short term”. It might stop new attacks but only integral human development is the answer on the basis of life’s sacredness, “God’s most precious gift”.
Mission, vocations and post-tsunami reconstruction are the pastoral challenges of the Diocese of Niigata
In his letter to the faithful, Bishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi focuses on these issues to get the faithful to review the Christian witness without weaknesses. For him, helping earthquake and tsunami victims is still a long road to travel. He calls for a prayer that the Lord may help young people acknowledge their calling to the priesthood and religious life.
For Niigata bishop, the bombs 70 years ago are a warning for the use of nuclear power today
The prelate, who is also president of Caritas Asia, took part in the ceremonies commemorating the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki together with fellow Catholic and Anglican bishops, members of the Council of Churches, and Tibetan monks. For him, history will judge those tragedies, but in Japan and around the world, the use of nuclear power, for both military and peaceful purposes, continues to stir painful memories.
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In a blessed meeting, the pope encouraged us to follow our path, said Niigata bishop
Bishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi shares his thoughts with AsiaNews after the Japanese bishops' ad limina visit. "The Holy Father reminded us that it is every bishop's duty to take independent decisions based on the local situation, and this comforted our episcopate. Although he did not say clearly that he would visit Japan, he is considering the possibility."
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