Sata happy to find Catholic Church in Buddhist Japan

President Michael Sata this morning attended mass at the Catholic Cathedral of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido in Japan.

Hokkaido is a northern Japanese island located over 1000 kilometres from Tokyo.
President Sata was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Given Lubinda, Agriculture Minister Emmanuel Chenda and Tourism Minister Silvia Masebo.
Others included Zambia Ambassador to Japan, Ng’ona Mwelwa Chibesakunda and other government officials in the presidential delegation.
The president was offered an honorary first seat in the sector reserved for eminent persons.
President Sata said he was happy to find that the Catholic Church has finally penetrated Japan that has been predominantly Buddhism.
He said the penetration of the Catholic Church into Asian nations shows that the church has been growing steadily worldwide.
And Kita 1 Joue Catholic church priest, Father Ken Sleyman, said the cathedral was greatly honoured to host President Sata at the English Sunday mass.
He described President Sata as a model in showing his faith and love for God so publicly and that he has made the Catholic Church to be proud and encouraged in living the catholic faith life in Japan.
Father Sleyman said President Sata is the first president to attend mass at the cathedral of Sapporo since it was established 10 years ago.
Father Sleyman asked God to bless President Sata as he endeavors to bring joy, peace, prosperity and health to all the people of Zambia.
In his sermon, Father Sleyman urged congregants not to allow habits, values and possession to hinder them towards eternal life.
Meanwhile, President Sata is tomorrow expected to wind up his official working visit to Japan.
He is later in the afternoon expected to fly to South Korea.
During his working visit to Japan, President Sata met emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko as well as that country’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.
The president’s visit has culminated into the signing of a US$41.77 million loan agreement with the Japanese government for the financing of the construction of the Kazungula bridge project.

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