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Cardinal Peter Seichi SHIRAYANAGI dies at 81

Cardinal Peter Seichi SHIRAYANAGI, emeritus Archbishop of Tokyo, died suddenly this morning at 6:45 for cardiac infarction, at Loyola House, the home for the Jesuit aged priests. He was 81 years old.
Cardinal Shirayanagi was hospitalized at the beginning of August for cardiac arrhythmia, then suffered a light cerebral hemorrhage, but recovered well after 3 months of rihabilitation. On December 23 he moved to Loyola House where he was taken care of.

Please pray for his eternal rest. 

Funeral’s Schedule

Prayer Vigil 4 January 2010 (Monday) 18:00 pm
Funeral Mass 5 January 2010 (Tuesday) 11:00 am

Place of the Funeral: Saint Mary’s Cathedral
3-15-16 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, 112-0014 TOKYO

Enquiry at the Diocesan Office: Tel : 03-3943-2301
January 1 and 3 the Office is closed, Information can be available
by e-mail ( or Fax: 03-3944-8511


Peter Seiichi Cardinal Shirayanagi  Archbishop Emeritus of Tokyo

17 Jun 1928 Born at Hachioji (Tokyo). Baptized the following day by Fr.Meirand (MEP)
21 Dec 1954 Ordained Priest of Tokyo, Japan
Jun 1960 Graduated from Pontifical Urbaniana University (Doctor in Canon Law)
15 Mar 1966 Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Tokyo, Japan
8 May 1966 Ordained Bishop (Titular Bishop of Atenia)
21 Feb 1970 Succeeded Archbishop of Tokyo
26 Nov 1994 Elevated to Cardinal
17 Feb 2000 Resigned Archbishop of Tokyo
18 Apr 2005 Partecipated to the Conclave
24 Nov 2008 Presided the Mass of Beatification of Fr.Kibe and 187 martyrs (Nagasaki)
30 Dec 2009 Died at Loyola House (Tokyo)