Outgoing Japan Ambassador Gets Papal Thanks

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 7, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI assured his gratitude to the outgoing Japanese ambassador to the Holy See, noting his appreciation for developments in the Vatican’s relations with the Asian nation.

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Kagefumi Ueno had a private audience with the Pope on Thursday. The Holy Father bid him farewell and assured him of his prayers.

A statement from the Japanese embassy emphasized some of the highlights of Ueno’s four years of service, including visits to Japan by Vatican officials; the beatification of 188 martyrs in Nagasaki in 2008; the prime minister’s visit to the Pope in 2009; and a series of policy dialogues that took place between the officials of the two governments.

The ambassador also noted the opportunities he had to give a number of lectures on Japan and the country’s relations with the Vatican.

Ueno’s successor, Hidekazu Yamaguchi, will arrive in Rome at the end of this month.

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