07 October 2014

'Pacem in Terris' attracts non-Christians in Japan

Pope John XXIII’s encyclical “Pacem in Terris” (Peace on Earth) has found revival in Japan fifty years after its publication with a new translation circulated in dioceses attracting interest among non-Christians too. "The encyclical is a pillar on which to build peace in the world and is very useful in sparking reflection," Archbishop Peter Takeo Okada of Tokyo said. The Japanese Church focuses on two elements that are essential to the country’s evangelisation mission: dialogue and peace. It also brings together Christians of all denominations with members of the majority Buddhist faith and Shinto tradition.