Since Pope Francis’s election in 2013, we had a number of exchanges with the Pope on various occasions. On November 26, 2019, during his stay in Japan, we were able to welcome Pope Francis to our university.
In this chapter we look back on the Pope’s visit and introduce items that recall the event.
1.Welcoming Pope Francis
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（Sophia University Official Website）
2.Pope Francis signing the guest book（at Kulturheim）
3.The Special Event
4.Items memorializing Pope Francis’s visit
The medal commemorating the Pope’s visit to Japan presented by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan.
The official logo reads "Protect all life,” the theme of the Pope’s visit.
Rosary and card from the Vatican
Pope Francis’s Coat of Arms is engraved on the medal of the rosary.
Madonna in silver, a gift from Pope Francis
This metal casting work was created by Marino Mandolesi in 1989 using a lost-wax process, inspired by the famous painting by Scipione Pulzone “Immaculate Conception of Mary” (1582) for the cathedral in Gaeta, Italy.
Specially made bookmark to commemorate the visit of Pope Francis to our universityThe original design was created to commemorate the Pope's visit. At the top are the Jesuit symbol and the Pope's episcopal motto in Latin "Miserando atque eligendo” (chosen in mercy). At the bottom are Sophia's emblem and the date of his visit.
The chair used by the Pope during his visit
The chair, used by the Pope at the "Pope in Japan 2019" event of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan, at the meeting on November 25 with victims of “Triple Disaster in East Japan,” and at the visit of the Pope to Sophia University on November 26, was donated to Sophia University by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan.
Important Papal documents donated to the Japan Province of the Society of Jesus.
Selected Papal Documents (encyclicals, apostolic exhortations, apostolic letters) handed by Pope Francis to the Provincial of the Japan Province of the Society of Jesus
Exhibited on the first floor of the Number 6 building (Sophia Tower)