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18th November 2019

Pope Francis Visit to Japan: Theme Song

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“Protect All Life” is a phrase in “A Christian prayer in union with creation”, the second part of the final prayer that concludes Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical, “Laudato Si”.

The lyrics of the theme song are by Jun Inoue who also scored the music together with Amadeus Code Ai.  Arranged by Gyo Kitagawa it was performed by Dreamers Union Choir.

The music is available in choral, instrumental, karaoke and choreography versions on the official Japanese website and YouTube channel of the papal visit.

Releasing the theme song, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan (CBCJ) explained on the website that each of us has received the gift of life, created in the image of God, and is being led to our eternal homeland together with all people.  Creation, they said, is also designed and maintained by God “to be lived in” (Isaiah 45,18).  Hence, in order to “protect all life”, we must respect not only each person’s dignity but also the environment.

However, the bishops expressed concern that the earth, “our common home”, is being trampled by humankind and groans with pain that overlap with the distress of all the abandoned people of the world.

Source: Vatican News

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