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Secretary for Relations with States praises Japan’s prophetic vision on nuclear issue
Archbishop Gallagher gives rosaries to seminarians at the Japan Catholic Seminary in Tokyo on Feb. 2. (ucanews.com photo)
Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States extolled a vision of peace and commended Japan's "prophetic vision" when he visited there Jan. 28 – Feb. 3.
The archbishop paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Jan. 31 and met with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. They both renewed a request that Pope Francis visit Japan.
The leaders affirmed that cooperation between Japan and the Vatican would be strengthened in the fields of peace, nuclear arms abolition and the environment, according to Japan's Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
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