MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER PAUL VI
Friday, 31 July 1970
Your visit as Our special Representative to the World Exposition at Osaka
offers Us the welcome occasion to express Our warm good wishes and heartfelt
greetings to the beloved people of Japan.
The spirit of freedom and peace, so essential to all authentic Christianity, together with the proverbial industriousness of the Japanese people, may explain to a great extent the economic prosperity of the country and its technological progress, of which the present World Exposition presents such overwhelming evidence.
We heartily wish that the well-being of this nation may continue and increase and that the moral principles of its people may be strengthened ever more in their hearts. We pray for them to have in abundance divine enlightenment, that the national wealth may be shared in the name of social justice by as many of the people as possible, and that the great nation may wisely and generously use its skill and resources to assist in the name of international justice many less fortunate countries in the world.
With this hope in Our heart We invoke upon the noble people of Japan the choicest blessings of the Most High.
From the Vatican, June 8, 1970
PAULUS PP. VI