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Pope leaves Japan after visit to Sophia University

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By NICOLE WINFIELD and MARI YAMAGUCHI

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I honestly didn't know the pope had SUCH a huge following in Japan. An arena full of people and sold out merch. He is like a rockstar. Mindboggling.

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"If Francis had come to Japan as a missionary, he likely would have eventually ended up at Sophia, a prestigious private university that caters to the wealthy, like many of the Catholic schools in Japan."

Daughter no. 1 attends Sophia. We are definitely NOT wealthy..........

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Our daughter too and we are not financially wealthy but more importantly wealthy in heart!

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I honestly didn't know the pope had SUCH a huge following in Japan. An arena full of people and sold out merch. He is like a rockstar. Mindboggling.

He doesn't. The "arena" is just a large university lecture/conference hall that probably seats about 1,000. The attendees are all faculty or students at Sophia, which is a Catholic University. I don't think they were selling any merchandise.

Christian population (not just Catholic, but all denominations) is about 1% of the population in Japan.

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