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All you need to know about the Church in Myanmar

“I write these lines as a spiritual leader, empathizing with the sentiments of millions of people at this moment… I write with love towards all, seeking a durable solution, praying for an end forever to the periodic darkness that envelops our dear nation…”

~ Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, wrote in a message to the people of Myanmar and the international community following the Feb. 1 military coup in the Southeast Asian nation.

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Diocese of Hiroshima

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In a land area of 31,818 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Shimane, Okayama and Tottori prefectures.

Population

In the diocesan territory, the population is 7,557,000 at end of 2016. Most residents are ethnic Japanese. There are also 90,778 non-Japanese people, according to the Immigration Bureau of Japan.

Language

The territory also has many languages and dialects.

History

The vicariate apostolic of Hiroshima was established on May 4, 1923, when the five prefectures of the Chugoku region (Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Shimane, and Tottori) were separated from the diocese of Osaka and entrusted to German Jesuits. Archbishop Heinrich Doering, S.J., was appointed the first ordinary and took up his residence as vicar apostolic in Okayama.

In 1928 Bishop Johannes Ross, S.J. succeeded him and moved the vicar's residence to Hiroshima. When Bishop Ross resigned in 1940, Father Akira Ogihara, S.J. became administrator apostolic.

On June 30, 1959, the vicariate apostolic of Hiroshima was raised to the status of a diocese, and Monsignor Tokisuke Noda was nominated as the first bishop but excused himself due to illness. Father Yoshimatsu Noguchi was appointed in his place and on May 8, 1960, was consecrated and took office as bishop of Hiroshima. 

Upon the resignation of Bishop Noguchi in 1985, Father Atsumi Misue was appointed bishop on March 29, 1985, and ordained on June 16 of the same year. Upon the resignation of Bishop Misue, Father Manyo Maeda was appointed bishop of Hiroshima on May 13, 2011. On Sept. 23 of the same year he was consecrated and took office as the current bishop of Hiroshima.

Transportation

Airplanes, railways, ships and buses are modes of transportation in the diocesan territory.

Education

Throughout Japan, literacy is 99 percent, according to the Central Intelligence Agency, USA, in 2010.

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