Pope marks Hiroshima anniversary by calling for nuclear weapons ban

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August 10, 2015

A woman prays during a special Mass for peace in the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki, Japan, Aug. 9, the 70th anniversary of the day the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city. The cathedral was destroyed by the bombing and rebuilt years later. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey) See CANTU-JAPAN-BOMBS Aug. 10, 2015.

A woman prays during a special Mass for peace in the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki, Japan, Aug. 9, the 70th anniversary of the day the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city. The cathedral was destroyed by the bombing and rebuilt years later. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Marking the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Pope Francis repeated the Catholic Church’s call for a ban on nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction.

Seventy years after the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing of Hiroshima and the bombing of Nagasaki three days later, “this tragic event still gives rise to horror and revulsion,” the pope said Aug. 9 after reciting the Angelus with visitors gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

The atomic bombings of the two Japanese cities by the United States during World War II, he said, have become a symbol of “the vast destructive power of human beings when they make distorted use of scientific and technical progress.”

Read more and watch the Pope’s video in The Visitor…