What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Vatican

Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

June 16, 2017. Thepope has named French priest Bruno Marie Duffé, from Lyon, number two of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. He will be in charge of one of the key offices in the Vatican Curia.
Pope Francis

Angela Merkel to meet with pope on June 17

June 9, 2017. The Vatican has confirmed that on Saturday, June 17, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Pope Francis. Both have previously met in Rome in May 2016, February 2015 and May 2013, two months after Pope Francis was elected pontiff.
Pope Francis

Pope Francis to meet with Venezuelan bishops on June 8

June 5, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Venezuelan bishops next Thursday to discuss the situation their country is facing.
Vatican

New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

May 31, 2017. The Brazilian priest Alexandre Awi Mello, the National Director of Brazil's Schönstatt Movement, will serve as the new secretary. He was born Rio de Janeiro in 1971, and ordained a priest in 2001.
Pope Francis

Pope sends condolences and solidarity to Cairo after bus attack

May 26, 2017. Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, wrote a letter to His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi after the bus attack Friday in Cairo, which left close to 30 Coptic Christians dead, including children, and many others injured.

How Christians lived in early modern Japan

2015-12-06

Mario Marega was a Salesian priest who was sent to Japan to work as a teacher in the early 20th century. When his superiors discovered he was ill-suited for teaching, he began to study Japanese literature. Then he ended up doing something extraordinary.

While in Japan, Marega collected thousands of texts about Christians in the country from the 16th to the 18th century. The "Marega Project Symposium” has been put on display in the Vatican Library. 

Experts say the documents are truly one of a kind.

SILVIO VITA
Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
"It is a very important collection because a similar one from Japan does not exist. There is a great deal of documents, more than 10,000, and they relate to a specific part of Japan where there were many Christians.”

They also show an aspect of  history in Japan that was common when the religion arrived: the persecution of Christians. One academic said it was like having a photograph of society at the time.

SILVIO VITA
Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
"They give us a photograph of the society in that time, as well as providing important information about how the population was controlled.

KUZUO OHTOMO
National Institute of Japanese Literature 
"They were people who have Christians among their ancestors. The national government, through local authorities, had stopped their descendants from returning to their original religion. They controlled them up to the preceding five generations”

Although Marega wrote a book about many of his findings, thousands of documents remain unexamined and unstudied. For scholars inside and outside of Japan, his collection will give them insights for years to come.


ATO
MG
SV
-PR
Up:IPC