The Pope Is Received At The Airport In Tokyo, Japan © Vatican Media

Pope Francis Arrives in Japan

Hoped as a Youth to be Missionary in Asian Land

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Pope Francis is already in Japan. The second pontiff to step on the land of the birth of the sun – after the trip of John Paul II in 1984 – fulfills his youthful dream of visiting the Asian country on mission, inspired by the first Jesuit missionaries who carried the announcement of the Gospel.

ZENIT’s Senior Vatican Correspondent, Deborah Castellano Lubov, is covering the trip from the Papal Flight.

Upon arrival at Tokyo-Haneda Airport, at 5:45 p.m. local time in Tokyo (9:40 a.m. in Rome), the Holy Father was welcomed by the Prime Minister, Mr. Tarō Asō, upon getting off the plane, in in the middle of a great storm with rain and wind, very different from the warm climate of Thailand , the previous leg of the Pope’s apostolic journey.

Two children dressed in traditional costumes presented the Pope some flowers, in the presence of 100 students from Catholic schools. Then, after the respective greetings between the Vatican and Japanese delegations, and after having passed in front of the Honor Guard, the Pope and the prime minister entered the VIP room 3 of the airport together to chat privately.


During the air trip from Bangkok to Tokyo, the Thai Airways International  A330 plane has flown over Laos, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, countries whose respective heads of states the Pope has sent telegraphic messages invoking his best wishes for peace and prosperity for all of them. 

At the end of the welcome ceremony held at the Tokyo-Haneda airport, the Pope was transported by car to the Apostolic Nunciature of Tokyo, where upon arrival, he has been received by a group of 200 faithful in the courtyard, and in the entrance of the house of the staff of the Nunciature.

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Rosa Die Alcolea

Profesional con 7 años de experiencia laboral en informar sobre la vida de la Iglesia y en comunicación institucional de la Iglesia en España, además de trabajar como crítica de cine y crítica musical como colaboradora en distintos medios de comunicación. Nació en Córdoba, el 22 de octubre de 1986. Doble licenciatura en Periodismo y Comunicación Audiovisual en Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid (2005-2011). Ha trabajado como periodista en el Arzobispado de Granada de 2010 a 2017, en diferentes ámbitos: redacción de noticias, atención a medios de comunicación, edición de fotografía y vídeo, producción y locución de 2 programas de radio semanales en COPE Granada, maquetación y edición de la revista digital ‘Fiesta’. Anteriormente, ha trabajado en COPE Córdoba y ABC Córdoba.

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