- Dec 9, 2019
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.
Pope Francis visited Nagasaki and Hiroshima on Sunday during his apostolic visit to Japan.
Every pope over the last seven decades has supported nuclear disarmament, so there’s nothing novel in Francis doing the same.
“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.
Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Three cities in three days is the schedule for Pope Francis’s Nov. 23-26 visit to Japan, a land to which he dreamed of being a missionary when he was a young seminarian studying to become a Jesuit priest in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution.