In Japan, U.S. bishop says USCCB will push for nuclear disarmament

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August 6, 2015

People pray at a memorial in Hiroshima, Japan, Aug. 6, to commemorate the victims of the atomic bombing of the city by the United States in 1945. Delegation members from the World Council of Churches, in Hiroshima for the commemoration, said they would return home to build a movement to rid the world of nuclear weapons. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey)

People pray at a memorial in Hiroshima, Japan, Aug. 6, to commemorate the victims of the atomic bombing of the city by the United States in 1945. Delegation members from the World Council of Churches, in Hiroshima for the commemoration, said they would return home to build a movement to rid the world of nuclear weapons. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey)

HIROSHIMA, Japan (CNS) — For a long minute on a sunny morning, silence fell over the memorial park that commemorates the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of the city.

A gong sounded repeatedly as local residents and visitors from around the world stopped to remember a similarly sunny morning 70 years ago when a fireball ripped apart the skies.

Among the visitors to Hiroshima was Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico. It was the bishop’s first visit to Japan, and he said he was moved by what he saw and heard from Japanese Catholics, who have been adamant in demanding an end to nuclear weapons.

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