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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