(RNS) — During visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Pope Francis called for the abolishment of nuclear weapons and remembered the victims of U.S. nuclear attacks.
TOKYO (RNS) — Francis also urged the country's bishops to cater to young people in particular, as they are the most prone to suicide and “thirsting for compassion."
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — As a young man, Pope Francis says, he hoped to one day become a missionary in the island nation of Japan, inspired by the Jesuit missionaries who first brought Catholicism there.
(RNS) — By making these men cardinals, the pope is handing them megaphones.
(RNS) — The Christian Academy in Japan is investigating 66 cases of alleged past abuse at the school spanning decades.
TOKYO (AP) — Akihito performed the ‘Shinetsu no Gi’ ritual at Ise Shrine in western Japan as part of the succession process.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga confirmed doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara was executed Friday (July 6).
(RNS) — Pope Francis continues to remake the College of Cardinals so that almost half of the men who will choose his successor have been chosen by him.
(Reuters) Thousands packed a 1,300-year-old Shinto shrine in downtown Tokyo on the first official working day of 2017 in Japan to pray for good luck and economic success in the new year.
A remote monastery that once attracted Steve Jobs's attention now hopes construction of a nearby hotel could encourage international visitors.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Speaking to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Francis recalled the “horror and repulsion” aroused by the twin bombings of Nagasaki on Aug. 9 1945, and Hiroshima, three days earlier.
(RNS) The historical drama “Silence,” stars Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson and begins shooting in Taiwan later this year. Based on Shusaku Endo’s 1980 novel of the same name, it's a dark, true tale set in 17th-century Japan.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Shinto priests throughout Japan are preparing to hold commemoration ceremonies on 11 March to mark the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed an estimated 20,000 people. By Debra Rubin.