UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Pope Francis described the use of atomic energy for military purposes as a “crime” on Sunday when he arrived in Hiroshima, the Japanese city that suffered the first nuclear attack in history.
“The use of atomic energy for military purposes is more than ever a crime not only against human dignity and dignity, but against any possible future for our common home,” he said in a speech at the city’s “Peace Monument.”
His visit to Hiroshima followed an important symbolic stop in Nagasaki, where he attacked all types of nuclear weapons, including their use as a deterrent.
At least 140,000 people were killed after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, while 74,000 were killed by a second bomb thrown at Nagasaki three days later.
“In less than a moment, a black hole devoured everything from destruction and death,” the Pontiff said. “We are still in this chasm of silence hearing the screams of those who have left.”
The Pope made the call for a world without nuclear weapons the centerpiece of his four-day visit to Japan, starting from the two cities that are the world’s most visible witness to the atrocities of nuclear weapons.
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