The new head of the Church in the cradle of Japanese Catholicism is the 59-year-old Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese from Nagasaki. He succeeds Mgr Takami, president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Japan, who spoke of the wounds left by the horror of the atomic bomb.
Dec. 30 2021
NAGASAKI: The Archdiocese of Nagasaki, cradle of Japanese Catholicism and its martyrs, has a new Archbishop, Bishop Peter Michiaki Nakamura.
Pope Francis has appointed Nakamura, 59, who is currently Auxiliary Bishop of the same archdiocese, to replace Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami, 75, as head of the same archdiocese since 2002.
Archbishop Takami, who has headed the Japanese Conference of Catholic Bishops since 2016, was born seven months after the atomic bombing, in which he lost a grandmother, two aunts and an uncle.
During his ministry, Takami has constantly called for peace, which the Nagasaki tragedy has bequeathed to his Church. “An atomic bomb means a total denial of the dignity of a human person,” he said in a speech to the United Nations in 2010.
Born March 21, 1962 in Saikai, Nagasaki Prefecture, the new Archbishop also grew up with the same background.
Ordained a priest in 1988 in the diocesan clergy, he then completed his studies in moral theology in Rome at the Alphonsian Academy.
Returning to Japan, he carried out his teaching ministry in the minor seminary of Nagasaki and in the major seminaries of Fukuoka and Tokyo, providing pastoral service in the parishes of Togitsu and Uematsu.
Pope Francis appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Nagasaki in May 2019, a few months before his apostolic trip to Japan.
In a message to the Archdiocese, outgoing Archbishop Takami announced the appointment of Bishop Nakamura with the official date of assuming office on February 23, 2022.
“Let us pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the blessing of the Lord on the health and work of Bishop Michiaki Nakamura, and, through the intercession of Mary, for the growth and development of the ecclesial community of Nagasaki. I would be very grateful if you would also pray for me, ”the message read.–Asia News