» 08/10/2012, 00.00
Peace is "love and respect for human life", looking at Fukushima
The Archbishop of Osaka, and President of the Japanese Bishops Conference, Msgr. Leo Ikenaga, sends a message to the annual "ten days for peace" organized by John Paul II in 1981: "The Fukushima disaster is still present in our hearts. But we walk the path of respect for human life. "
Hiroshima marks 67 years since atomic bomb with one eye on Fukushima
More than 50 thousand participants observe a moment of silence in the Memorial Peace Park. The Mayor of Hiroshima calls for an end to the use of nuclear energy also for civilian purposes. Prime Minister Noda proposes a "mixed energy". Hiroshima survivors and Fukushima displaced march together. UN Representative: Banning nuclear weapons is morally right and necessary in practice to protect humanity. Present at the ceremony the grandson of President Truman, who ordered nuclear attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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In front of about 40 thousand people, gathered in the Peace Memorial Park, the mayor and the Japanese Prime Minister call for the abolition of such "absolute evil and inhuman" weapons. 15 thousand warheads currently on the planet. Thousands of lanterns are lit along the Motoyasu River to symbolize the souls of those who died in 1945.
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Nagasaki: 61 years after the bomb
The anniversary comes amid international tension due to the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea. The mayor criticized the mighty powers for "not making concrete efforts to rein in the arms race". A special mass was celebrated in Urakami, the largest cathedral in Asia before the bomb.
To remember the past is to commit oneself to peace, say Archbishops of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Quoting John Paul II, the Japanese prelates unveil their message on the 60th anniversary of the atomic bomb. Today, Catholics are on pilgrimage Nagasaki to Hiroshima.
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