Marking the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings in Japan, the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has echoed Pope Francis’ long-standing call for full nuclear disarmament.
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles has urged world leaders to “persevere in their efforts to abolish these weapons of mass destruction, which threaten the existence of the human race and our planet”.
He also said the bishops of the US “mourn with the Japanese people for the innocent lives that were taken and the generations that have continued to suffer the public health and environmental consequences of these tragic attacks”.
US military forces dropped bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6thAugust 1945, and 9th August 1945, respectively, bringing an end to World War II.
The archbishop also called for prayers, specifically to Mary the queen of peace, “for the human family and for each of one of us”.
“Remembering the violence and injustice of the past, may we commit ourselves to being peacemakers as Jesus Christ call us to be,” he said. “Let us always seek the path of peace and seek alternatives to the use of war as a way to settle differences between nations and peoples.”
Picture: Nagasaki, Japan, showed scant signs of recovery four years after an atomic bomb was detonated over the city on 9th August 1945. (CNS photo/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel files, USA TODAY NETWORK via Reuters).