1998-11-27 00:00:00

An actress whose first major film appearance was in the original "Godzilla" movie and who spent 30 years working in Church broadcasting was baptized a Catholic shortly before her death.

The funeral of Kochi Momoko, 63, was celebrated Nov. 9 at St. Ignatius Church here before more than 1,000 mostly non-Catholic mourners, many of them from the entertainment industry. Cardinal Peter Seiichi Shirayanagi of Tokyo had attended the wake.

For more than 30 years, Kochi read daily scripts on "Kokoro no Tomoshibi" (light of the heart), a radio program aimed at a general audience. It was produced by Yoki Bokusha Undo (Good Shepherd movement), a media apostolate founded shortly after World War II by American Father James Hyatt.

She did this from the first day of the program until last year when she was hospitalized for cancer. While in the hospital, she asked her daughter to arrange for her Baptism.

Father Hyatt officiated at Kochi´s wake and funeral. An associate of the priest told UCA News that one of the last things Kochi said to her daughter was, "Among my accomplishments, I´m proudest of two things: you, and reading the Kokoro no Tomoshibi scripts."

Kochi received two papal awards relating to her work with the program.


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