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Missionary sees spiritual awakening in Japan

Catholic World News - April 13, 2011

The recent earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters in Japan are leading to a spiritual awakening there, according to a missionary priest.

“The catastrophe which struck the country has awoken consciences and spiritual needs and values,” said Scalabrinian Father Olmes Milani. “The people are stopping to pray in Shinto and Buddhist temples. They all pray that the emergency volunteers and the victims of the tsunami will be helped. Also in our Catholic churches there is an influx of non-Catholics that stop to pray.”

“The Christian faith remains, at a cultural level, a foreign religion, and therefore it will be difficult to overcome that barrier,” he added. “But in the meantime there is growing cooperation and collaboration between believers of different religions to consciously contribute to the wellbeing of society.”

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