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Pope denounces ‘epidemic’ of bullying in Japan

/ 01:25 PM November 25, 2019
Pope denounces 'epidemic' of bullying in Japan

Pope Francis, center, prepares to leave after meeting with Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, right, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO — Pope Francis is denouncing what he called an “epidemic” of bullying that is tormenting young people in Japan and elsewhere.

Pope Francis told Japanese students Monday that deep down, “bullies are afraid, and they cover their fear by showing strength.”

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Pope Francis was responding to testimony from three students who recounted the pressures they face in a hyper-competitive society, their feelings of inadequacy, and the cruelty they sometimes face from their classmates that sometimes drives young people to suicide.

One, a Filipino, said he had been tormented by a bully because he was a foreigner.

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Pope Francis told them: “We must all unite against this culture of bullying and learn to say ‘Enough!’ It is an epidemic, and together you can find the best medicine to treat it.”

Earlier, Pope Francis met with victims of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan and called for the world to rethink its reliance on nuclear power.

He recalled Monday that Japan’s Catholic bishops called for the abolition of nuclear power plants in the aftermath of the “triple disaster,” in which three Fukushima reactors melted down after an earthquake triggered a tsunami.

The meltdown coated the area in radioactive fallout and at one point forced the displacement of 160,000 people. Nine years later more than 40,000 people still can’t return home.

Pope Francis didn’t make the call to abolish nuclear power in his speech before victims. But he made clear that “important decisions will have to be made about the use of natural resources, and future energy sources in particular.”

Edited by KGA

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