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For Hiroshima Catholics, Christmas is a day of work but one full of joy
Fr Arnaldo Negri is a PIME missionary in Mihara, Hiroshima diocese. His ministry also caters to South Americans and Filipinos. In a country where Christmas is not a statutory holiday, some Catholics have to travel “up to 30 kilometres” to come to Mass. Even though “the number of Catholics is small, even a small community can be a great thing”.
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Nine months after the tragedy, thousands of homeless housed in prefabs. Catholic priests and faithful of the Archdiocese of Sendai, organize collections of food and offer spiritual support to those who have lost everything. The Japanese mega-cities of gift the victims of the disaster Christmas trees and decorations.
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Card Sfeir urges Lahoud to assume his responsibilities
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