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JAPAN: Being With The Young

Friendship with Christ and a “living” Church is the antidote to loneliness and selfishness that afflict young Japanese people, according to Fr. Antonio Camacho, a missionary from Guadalupe and head of five parishes in the diocese of Kyoto who spoke to the Catholic website AsiaNews.it

In Japan, young people live alone, pursuing material things, and “they are not interested in life, in the Church ... in anything”. “They have everything - money, television, games - but they do not have the ‘light.’ They do not want to get married or have a boyfriend or girlfriend, they are selfish: they want to be alone. One of my duties is to show them that another life is possible, that life can be interesting, beautiful.” 

The Japanese young people have very little free time, including school activities that also extend over the weekend and part-time jobs in the ‘konbini’ (convenience store). “They work to get money and do a lot of things, but then they have no time to do them!”

For Fr. Camacho, the most important thing is “being with the young” as a presence and a “living” Church. For this reason, Kyoto parishes “open their doors to young people” with meetings and camps in summer and winter. Every month, the priest visits a professional nursing school, run by Dominican nuns. “Some of them have an idea of ​​God, but they do not know the faith. Therefore it is important to be present.” 
 


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