“In a serene sky / a rumble / as a Pentecost.” It’s by this verse, composed in the brief Japanese poetic form, the haiku, of which he is a master, that Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda commented on Pope Francis’ decision to include him in the College of Cardinals. The Archbishop of Osaka, who was born in the Archdiocese of Nagasaki and was also Pastor at Hiroshima — the two martyred cities of nuclear folly  — confided to L’Osservatore Romano on July 20, 2018, in an interview where he speaks of the role of the Church in Japan, in an increasingly

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