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Ahead of Pope Francis’ Possible November Trip to Japan, Francis Sends Best Wishes to New Emperor Naruhito

‘I assure you of my prayers that you may be endowed always with the gifts of wisdom and strength in your dedicated service to the nation’

Ahead of a highly anticipated speculated papal trip to Japan, Pope Francis has sent the new Emperor of Japan, Naruhito, best wishes.

In a telegram today, May 2, one day after Naruhito’s father abdicated the throne, the Pope imparted on Emperor Naruhito, his imperial family and all the nation, blessings, on the occasion of his accession.

Pope Francis has said he will go to Japan in November. As a young Jesuit, Jorge Mario Bergoglio had wished to go to Japan as a missionary.

Here is the Vatican-provided full telegram:


His Imperial Majesty


Emperor of Japan

I extend to Your Majesty my cordial greetings and best wishes on the occasion of your solemn accession to the throne, and I assure you of my prayers that you may be endowed always with the gifts of wisdom and strength in your dedicated service to the nation. Upon you, the Members of the Imperial Family and all the people of Japan, I invoke the divine blessings of peace and well-being.


[Vatican-provided text]


Also today, Pope Francis met with the bishops of Argentina in Rome on the occasion of their ad limina visit, and addressed the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. The Pope’s full address at the Academy is being translated and will be provided to our readers in the near future.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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