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Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2020

Like Jesus Christ, forced to flee.Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integratinginternally displaced persons

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75 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Vatican is providing moral guidance on nuclear weapons

Ahead of the 75th anniversary year of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Pope Francis visited both cities. At a solemn event at the Hiroshima Peace Park in November 2019, Francis declared the use of atomic energy for war to be … Continue reading

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Do we walk alone?

Jerome Novotny OMI – Recently, I read an article about the suffering of Sri Lankan tea workers and the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the country’s poorest people, the plantation workers face more hardships due to their low income. Their jobs have collapsed due … Continue reading

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Caring is Involvement

Bradly Rozairo OMI – When I was studying the Japanese language in Nagoya many years ago, I used to read the magazine “Hiragana Times” which helped me learn the language. Once when I was asked to give a presentation in the class, … Continue reading

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Japan’s elderly workers suffer as pandemic closes businesses

On a recent Saturday in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district more than 100 people, many of them elderly men, stood close together in a long queue waiting for food hand-outs.

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Life in Japan at this time of the pandemic

Jude Peirisulle OMI – Japan is one of many countries affected by COVID -19. The first major cluster of the virus was discovered on the Diamond Princess cruise ship which had arrived in Yokohama in early February. The cruiser was put in … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Holy Week and Easter through social media

Stephen Savarimuthu OMI – We are Oblates (Frs. Inui, Steve & Bro. Yagi) who form a community at Naruto in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan. Our Parish, St. Joseph, has a mission station in Anan. In order to prevent the spread of new coronavirus … Continue reading

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Gender gap deeply ingrained in Japan, says top U.N. official Nakamitsu

Gender gaps remain significant in Japan as traditional roles for men and women are strongly reinforced in society and through mass media, leaving many women accustomed to restrictive norms and limited opportunities, a senior U.N. official has said.

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Japanese dioceses suspend Masses amid coronavirus epidemic

Mar 4, 2020.- Some Japanese dioceses have suspended Masses for several weeks due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic across the country.

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Is Hikikomori (Extreme Social Withdrawal) a Global Epidemic?

In the late 1990s, just as home computers and internet access were becoming ubiquitous, people in Japan began paying closer attention to a severe form of social withdrawal—marked by the desire to be alone in one’s bedroom—that was becoming commonplace among adolescent boys. … Continue reading

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…they have seen a great light

Fr. Bernard ONDAP OMI – Last December 26-27, 2019, the Japan Oblate Delegation, joined by four diocesan clergy from Takamatsu Diocese, came together for the annual Christmas at Nakajimacho Parish Rectory in Kochi, Japan. The simple yet very meaningful atmosphere … Continue reading

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Journey From Advent to Christmas With Mary

When we imagine Mary making the journey to Bethlehem, we think of her as waiting for the Christ child. But she wasn’t waiting for Him. She was the only person who wasn’t waiting anymore. Yes, she was waiting for His birth, but … Continue reading

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