Japanese Church evangelises through cyberspace

 Catholic Bishops and several congregations of women religious in Japan are using the internet to keep the faithful informed about activities in their dioceses and stay in touch with those who live faraway. Asianews reports that blogs have allowed some to discover the Catholic faith and become baptised. Mgr Kenjiro Koriyama, the 64-year-old bishop of Kagoshima, is among the internet's pioneers. He has been online since the 1990s and from a pastoral point of view the results have been satisfactory. His blog or online diary, 24-hourBishop@Ken'sPage, is updated almost every day. "I heard that between 50 and 60 thousand young people were surfing the internet at night, so the Web is a kind of spider web. I began to upload my Sunday homilies and thought it would be good if some young people were caught in that web," he said. In his Bishop's Diary, Mgr Isao Kikuchi, 48, is less adroit with technology: he can't upload photos. "This is why I don't have any cover photo. But I do try to answer all messages that arrive and day in, day out, they help me understand people's varied nature," he said. For the Daughters of St Paul, the internet "is useful to make more people know about Christianity and keep in touch with those we know but who are faraway." Sister Tanako Ono, 49, who manages the Daughters of Saint Paul,s Sister's Mutterings, blog, said: "the blog is a new form of communication that cannot be ignored. We must keep up with society." The same is true for Sister Shimokama, who works for the Diocese of Nagasaki. She manages the Todo no inori (prayer of the sea lion) blog in which she focuses on her activities and those of the diocese. Thanks to the internet she has introduce many new people to Christianity. Source: CISA

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