“A clear sky/a rumble/like
that of Pentecost”: this was the verse with which Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda,
master of the Japanese short poetic form known as haiku, expressed his reaction
to Pope Francis’s decision to add him to the College of Cardinals. The
Archbishop of Osaka, born in the Archdiocese of Nagasaki and having served as a
pastor in Hiroshima—the two cities martyred by nuclear folly – shared these
thoughts in an interview with L’Osservatore
Romano in which he also spoke of the role of the Church in an increasingly
secularized Japan.What did you do when you heard that the Pope
had named you a cardinal?At
first I was puzzled

Praise the Lord

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