MIL OSI Translation. Region: Italy –
Source: The Holy See in Italian
Headline: ASIA / JAPAN – During the Olympic Games marked by the pandemic, the urgency is “to take care”
Tokyo – “The most widespread attitude among the population of Japan was the request to cancel or postpone the Olympics, due to the pandemic, for fear of an increase in infections. The situation we live in is not easy. The most important criterion that inspires us today is to worry and take care of others, protecting health and the common good, in the spirit of fraternity ”. So says to Agenzia Fides Fr. Russel Becker, OFM US missionary in Tokyo, parish priest at the “Franciscan Chapel” located in the Japanese capital, while the Olympic Games are underway in the country, and the nation is lashed by the pandemic emergency. The Franciscan, noting the difficulties that Christian communities experience in their pastoral and social work, explains that “in line generala the organizers could have postponed or canceled the Games to give the country the opportunity to organize them when conditions were better than the current ones. . Catholics in Japan share this opinion: the ‘armored’ Games, celebrated in a climate of fear in society, have lost part of their festive spirit of universal brotherhood and even for Catholics it is now impossible to see and experience them as an occasion. of evangelization “.
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