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Pope’s Asian Agenda: Atomic Bombs, Martyrs, Family Reunion

A banner with portrait of Pope Francis is displayed inside St. Joseph Convent School ahead of Pope's visit to Thailand, in Bangkok, Nov. 9, 2019.

Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution.

Emphasizing the dignity of life is also on Francis’ to-do list for his trip to Thailand and Japan that begins Wednesday, given the scourge of human trafficking in Thailand and Japan’s use of capital punishment and high suicide rate.

As a young Jesuit, Francis dreamed of being a missionary in Japan, inspired by the courage of Japan’s Hidden Christians, who braved read more >>>

Source:: VOANews.Com