Good News! (January 23, 2007)
Words of Gratitude on the World Heritage Provisional List Addition
Some Words of Gratitude on behalf of "The Association for declaring the Nagasaki church group a World Heritage" about the addition of the "Nagasaki Church Group and Christian Related Cultural Assets" as candidates for the World Heritage Provisional List 
As some may already know, the Japanese Government choose the "Nagasaki Church Group and Christian Related Cultural Assets" to be submitted for addition to the Provisional List of UNESCO. This Group was presented by the Nagasaki Prefecture in November of 2006, and has been accepted almost without any change. We have to say that, being almost in the same line of work our Association started in 2001, it is a great source of joy for all of us. If you allow me some self confident words, I doubt if this moment would have come without the silent work of many of the people in our Association. So, even if we have to say that the cooperation between many sectors made this step possible, first of all, I want to thank everyone and all the institutions that helped us in this promotion of the Churches from the bottom of my heart.
Now, it clear that our work does not finish here. We can even say that the real work starts from now. Many matters have to be arranged and discussed from now on if we want to see the day it becomes a World Heritage. So, we want to ask everyone for an increased support and help from now on.
By now, allow me this short, rushed greeting,
January 24, 2007
"The Association for declaring the Nagasaki church group a World Heritage", Chairman, Kazuma Hayashi

Some Words of Gratitude about the Addition of the "Nagasaki Church Group and Christian-related Cultural Assets" as Candidates for the World Heritage Provisional List
Joseph Mitsuaki TAKAMI, Archbishop of Nagasaki
On the occasion of the recent addition of the "Nagasaki Church Group and Christian Related Cultural Assets" as candidates for the World Heritage Provisional List, the Catholic Archdiocese of Nagasaki wishes to accept this news as an honor and with joy. Needless to say, the Churches were built as an expression of faith filled hearts and as such, they are witnesses of the history of our faith. So the fact that together with the Church Group the spiritual path of many believers is being recognized at a world level is a significant event not only for Nagasaki Prefecture but also for the whole country.
Through more than 450 years, the Christian Religion and culture in our country have been influenced greatly by the world situations and the events of Japanese history, and eventually crystallized in the present form in Nagasaki. At the same time I think we can be proud of this result as a concrete expression of a spiritual culture which affected the whole country. These Churches also constitute a concrete shape which the encounter of Western and Japanese Cultures has taken.
The group has not yet been formally accepted as World Heritage, but it seems that an appropriate response to the fact that these churches are being considered for recognition as such will be to make the following recommendations.
1. To welcome all people that with respectful heart come to the Churches and to help them to make their spiritual pilgrimage.
2. To strive to keep the Churches’ character as places of ordinary religious worship to develop them into "places of healing and encounter".
3. To increase the consciousness that they are appreciated worldwide as a treasure of Japan and maintain them properly.
4. To strive to make the Churches be places of prayer – beyond religious and sectarian differences- for the peace that the peoples of the world so greatly long for.
Lastly, I want to thank all the people who have helped and supported us in this movement.
January, 23, 2007