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*Archbishop’s Welcome

Welcome to the English-language website of Nagasaki Catholic Archdiocese.

The city of Nagasaki was historically one of Asia’s most important Christian centres, a fact reflected today not only in the Archdiocese’s large number of Catholic churches but also in its wide array of Christian-related historical sites and museums. Of particular note are its numerous “Hidden Christian” sites, which date from the time when Christianity was strictly prohibited in Japan (1614-1873). In 2018, some of these sites were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, including a number of Catholic churches built in the remote locations where Nagasaki’s Hidden Christians had secretly kept their faith before the lifting of the ban on Christianity.

On 9th August 1945, an atomic bombing left much of the city devastated, including the famous Urakami Church, which was rebuilt after the war and subsequently became the Cathedral. The bomb also killed and injured a vast number of people, including thousands of local Catholics. This sad history forms the backdrop to the modern Archdiocese’s heartfelt commitment to promoting peace and understanding among nations.

I hope that whatever your interest in our Archdiocese, you may find these English-language webpages to be of some small help. If you are planning a visit to Nagasaki, I pray that your pilgrimage may be a safe, happy and spiritually fruitful one.

May the peace of Christ be with you and remain with you always.

Joseph TAKAMI Mitsuaki
Archbishop of Nagasaki

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Thank you for visiting the English website of Nagasaki Catholic Archdiocese. Through this website, we aim to provide international pilgrims and visitors to Nagasaki with a basic “roadmap” for navigating the modern Archdiocese. In addition, we hope that these webpages will aid Catholics from other countries living within Nagasaki Prefecture (the boundaries of which coincide exactly with those of the Archdiocese). Finally, we hope that this website will be a useful tool for anyone seeking information about the Archdiocese.

Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, I pray that this website may, in a humble way, help foster unity in the Church and in the world.

Peter NAKAMURA Michiaki
Auxiliary Bishop of Nagasaki

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