- May 6, 2021
Pope Francis has told Japanese Emperor Naruhito that he remembers seeing his parents cry over the news of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 74 years ago.
Beauty, creation and each human life are gifts of God to be treasured and shared, not enslaved to current societal ideas of what is valuable, perfect or productive, Pope Francis said at a Mass in the famous Tokyo Dome.
A former Japanese professional boxer who spent 48 years in prison for murders he says he did not commit was among some 50,000 people greeting Pope Francis as he entered Tokyo Dome stadium to celebrate Mass on Monday.
Pope Francis echoed the voice of Japanese bishops Monday, urging that nuclear power plants either be closed or not reopened.
Pope Francis visited Nagasaki and Hiroshima on Sunday during his apostolic visit to Japan.
The son of the U.S. Marine photographer who filmed a boy carrying his dead brother in the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki has shaken hands with Pope Francis.
Is the pope “Kyoko,” or “Ho-o” in Japanese? The Japanese government adopted the term “Kyoko” (教皇) as the official translation of his title ahead of his visit this weekend, in line with the policy of the Catholic Church in Japan, replacing “Ho-o” (法王).
“The arms race wastes precious resources that could be better used to benefit the integral development of peoples and to protect the natural environment,” Pope Francis said Sunday.