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These Japanese who know nothing about religion

by Otohiko Kaga In my opinion, in post- earthquake Japan, religion has a role to play, and a duty to fulfil. The change in civilisation which has come about since the Meiji era (i.e.1868) was significant in the domain of science and technology, but had no effect on religion. When the Japanese tried to understand […]

Thursday 7 February

St. Paul Miki and Companions Hebrews 12:18-19, 21-24, Ps.48, Mark 6:7-13 Citizens of Heaven Paul Miki and his companions lived in fourteenth-century Japan, very distant from us in time and space and culture, and brave beyond our imagining. Yet they are our brothers, united with us as ‘first born sons’ and ‘citizens of heaven’. They […]

Prison Chaplain in Japan

A Memoir by  Fr John Hill sm During my long life here in Japan, apart from the ordinary Parish work which has been my main occupation, I have spent about 45 years as a Chaplain at a prison in Nara City. A couple of points I must make before I go any further. First of […]

A Seismic Shift in Caring

When a 7.1 earthquake hit Christchurch (pop 350,000) in the South Island of NZ before dawn on Sept 4, 2010, it was a near miracle that no one was killed. The quake’s epicentre was about 40 km from the city; hundreds of buildings were damaged, notably St Paul’s RC Church which split in half laterally; […]