CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 17 November 2018

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Japan-Korea anti-nuclear pilgrimage

SEOUL (UCAN): Bishops and activists from Japan and South Korea took part the Japan-Korea Anti-Nuclear Peace Pilgrimage, calling for an end to nuclear energy.
 
The pilgrimage, which began 2012, was held in Korea from September 13 to 16 and organised by the Korean bishops’ committee for ecology and environment.
 
With the theme, Peaceful World without Nuke! We May Protect Life and Beauty!, the pilgrimage was joined by 19 Japanese participants including Bishop Goro Matsuura of Nagoya, along with 63 Koreans including Bishop Peter Kang U-il of Cheju, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea.
 
Participants spoke to members of the anti-nuclear movement and pledged to work harder for borderless solidarity for the no-nuke movement.
 
They visited Hanbit Nuclear Power Plant in Yeonggwang, and toured Deungyong, an energy self-help village that uses alternative energy sources.
 
Jesuit Father Ichiro Mitsunobu said many residents are still suffering the effects of the nuclear plant accident that happened in 2011 in Fukushima, Japan in the wake of  a devastating earthquake and tsunami.
 
“However, the Japanese government is trying to make people think the crisis is over. With the mischief making, residents are divided and solidarity among people is collapsing,” he said.
“The solidarity among Korean anti-nuclear activists is inspiring us.”
 
Participants held a discussion at the Catholic Centre in Myeongdong, Seoul, and walked through the city with placards warning of the danger of nuclear power plants and demanding a society without nuclear energy.

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