Japan Pope Francis Arriving in Tokyo on Saturday afternoon, he first traveled on Sunday morning to Nagasaki, a nuclear-bombed city. From Nagasaki, he went to Hiroshima.
Nagasaki is the city that Christianity once flourished in Japan. St. Francis of Xavier came to Japan from Goa, India, to preach Christianity in India, and the seeds of Christianity were planted in Japan. However, as the Tokugawa Shogun administration imposed a strict ban on Christianity at the beginning of the seventeenth century, the number of followers of Christ began to decrease in Japan.
Despite the state oppression, some Nagasaki-based followers, however, secretly maintained their faith, and when the ban was relaxed, the next generation of them again became openly practiced, and Christianity survived to a limited extent in Japan. As a result, Nagasaki was the main center of Christianity development in Japan from the beginning. On August 7, when Nagasaki was subjected to a nuclear bomb, many believers in Christianity along with other Japanese were killed and destroyed by the Urakami church in Nagasaki city. As a result, the visit to Nagasaki was an emotional one for Pope Francis.
On a rainy day, Pope Francis led a prayer today at a crowd of 4,000 at Nagasaki Baseball Stadium. Earlier in his address after delivering a wreath at the foot of a memorial monument dedicated to the victims of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, he said, “It clearly reminds us of the space that the human race has brought to each other with pain and horror.” He is convinced that the nuclear weapons-free world is not only possible, but it must be II.
He urged world leaders to abstain from endless weapons competition and call for peace in the world, calling for nuclear weapons avoidance and the nerve wars to come out of the wartime doctrine. Causing wastage and threatening humanity. He also urged them not to forget that the treasures of arms cannot protect us from the threat posed by national and international security.
The Pope’s three-day visit to Japan begins with a visit to Nagasaki and Hiroshima. It is to be noted that the Vatican, under the leadership of Pope Francis, is taking a strong stand against anti-nuclear weapons. The Vatican is one of the first states to sign and ratify the UN nuclear weapons embargo.
In a statement issued on 27, Pope Francis said that not only the use of nuclear weapons but also the ownership of such weapons was a blasphemy. No such pope has ever spoken so strongly about the abolition of nuclear weapons. That reflection can also be seen in the speech in Nagasaki.
He says, “As millions of children and families in our world live in inhumane conditions, more destructive weapons are created, mountains of wealth are created through a waste of money and the sale of weapons, as well as the scorn of humiliating heaven. He concluded the speech in a prayer regarded as the prison of St. Francis Assisi, where it said:
Lord, make me your instrument of peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow where there is peace;
Where it is hurt, forgiveness;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is pain, joy.
Before beginning the Prayer, however, he knew that not everyone, including the Pope, had believed in Catholic doctrine. Nevertheless, he feels that everyone is capable of doing the same as praying for the peace that is dedicated to St. Francis Assisi.