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Pope Francis waves as he boards his flight to Ecuador (AP)

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'During the past 30 years, Nagasaki's Catholic population has dropped from 75,000 to 62,000' (CNS)

Comments by the archbishop appeared in a report outlining the conclusions of an archdiocesan synod

Women pray during a Mass at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki (CNS)

Pope speaks to bishops after celebrations in Japan marked the 150th anniversary of a group of ‘hidden Christians’ openly professing their faith

A Japanese Chef serves tempura to France's President Francois Hollande and Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe (PA)

Eating Japanese food on Ember Days

In Latin the Ember Days are called the Quatuor Tempora, giving rise to a popular form of fried food

Spiderman star Andrew Garfield will play the lead role in Silence (CNS)

Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson to star in Silence

Isabella was granted the title ‘the Catholic’ by a papal bull in 1496. Her Cause was launched in 1958 in the Diocese of Valladolid, where she died in 1504

Those promoting Queen Isabella’s Cause can’t ignore the horrendous suffering she imposed on the Jewish people

Pope Francis at this morning's Chrism Mass (AP)

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Japanese women bow in prayer (CNS)

Japanese Catholics make up less than one percent of the country’s population

A Catholic Charismatic Renewal conference in Delaware in 2008 (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 31/01/14

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Pope Francis greets the crowd as he leaves his general audience today (CNS)

250 years ago Japanese Christians ‘survived with the grace of baptism,’ Pontiff tells general audience