Jan 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

May the year 2011 be filled with blessings from the Father of all creation, the source of our life, and your heart be filled with His love.

Though it was a rough evening yesterday with strong wind and chilly rain, more than 30 people joined with me to celebrate a midnight Mass for the World Day of Peace.  Holy Father chose "RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, THE PATH TO PEACE" as theme of this year's message for Peace.  As Holy Father reminds us of the situation of Christians in countries where the religious freedom is not guaranteed or restricted, and in countries where hatred against Christians have been escalating such as in Iraq, let us remember our brothers and sisters in difficult situations in our prayer for Peace.  

Dear brothers and sisters, more than a year has passed since I had been appointed as the apostolic administrator of Sapporo diocese while I have been serving as a bishop of Niigata.  I would like to ask your prayer as ever for myself and for the appointment of a new bishop of Sapporo.

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