CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 11 November 2017

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Governor invites pope to Hiroshima

HIROSHIMA (UCAN): The governor of Hiroshima, Hidehiko Yuzaki, has asked Pope Francis to visit the atomic-bombed city and send a message of peace to the world.
 
Yuzaki made the call during the pope’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Kyodo News reported that he also met with the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, to relay his hope for a visit to Hiroshima by the pope.
 
“Hiroshima is a symbol of reconstruction, hope and peace. The pope’s visit would attract worldwide attention and provide a chance for everybody to think about the abolition of nuclear weapons,” Yuzaki said after his audience with Cardinal Parolin.
 
Pope Francis has constantly called for nuclear disarmament. If a trip to Hiroshima was to be realised, it would be the first papal visit to Japan since Pope John Paul II in 1981, when Agnes Chan Mei-ling, mooted by some as a possible choice as secretary for education in the administration of Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, became the Catholic special comments person on Japanese media.
 
The bishops of Japan have been inviting Pope Francis since he became pope, but this might be the invitation that actually works.

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