Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bombed Maria's Peace Pilgrimage


  • A report on the "peace pilgrimage" of a "wooden statue was housed in the Urakami Cathedral, which was the largest Catholic church in East Asia," which "had been built on a site where Christians had for years endured persecution" — Pope Blesses Mary Image That Survived Nagasaki Bomb.

  • "Rome is just the first stop on an international 'peace pilgrimage' by the Archbishop of Nagasaki and the 'Bombed Maria,' which will arrive at the U.N. in time for the start of nuclear non-proliferation talks in May" — 'Bombed Maria' statue blessed by Pope headed to US. The report informs us that "the head of 'Bombed Maria' will eventually be taken to New York City, where it will be placed in St. Patrick's Cathedral... for Mass on May 2, the day before the inauguration of the NPT conference at the U.N."

  • The report informs us that "the archbishop said exhibiting the statue in New York is his attempt 'as the archbishop of a land devastated by nuclear weapons' to add his voice to those around the world calling for disarmament" — Japan: 'Bombed Mary' statue brings home anti-nuclear message. "This is a deeply personal issue for the archbishop, who lost many relatives in the attack on Nagasaki."
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    Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

    My dad served during WWII and in the occupation of Japan after the war. He was stationed at both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He told me stories, when I was a teenager, about the terrible suffering of the people in those areas, and of the haunting damage done to cities. The use of the atom bomb against Japan serves as a terrible reminder of the costs and devastation of war.

    My father was not a pacifist by any means (he was career law enforcement after he got out of the military) but whenever he spoke about the war he always emphasized the horrible human costs that war by its very nature tallies up.

    1:37 PM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    I just read a yet unpublished article sent by a reader convincingly linking the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the abortion culture in the West. If it's okay to kill innocents to avoid the inconvenience of a land invasion or, God forbid, conditional surrender, what could be wrong with killing innocents in the womb for the inconveniences they cause.

    This is the conservative position, as these posts of mine attest -- Old Rightist Voices Against Atomic Mass Murder and "The Most Powerful Blow Ever Delivered Against Christian Civilization and the Moral Law".

    10:05 PM  

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