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Japanese Prime Minister Abe visits Pontiff

June 06, 2014

Pope Francis met on June 6 with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, for “cordial” discussions that touched on Church-state cooperation, education, international relations, and nuclear disarmament.

In the traditional exchange of small gifts, the Japanese premier gave the Pontiff a “magic” mirror, of a kind used by Japanese Christians in the 17th century. While appearing as an ordinary mirror, the glass when exposed to light shows an image of Jesus and of the Cross. Such mirrors were used by Christians at a time when public exposure as a Christian in Japan could bring harsh punishment, including death.


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