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Pope Francis in Japan 2019

Pope Francis in Japan 2019

Pope’s Prayer Intentions for November 2019

Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Near East -That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.

Mission 2030 Prayer Intention for November 2019

Let us pray to the Lord that our departed brothers and sisters may be welcomed and be granted the eternal life that they had hoped for.

Did You Know?

 

As 2017 was drawing to a close, the horrors of war and people's yearnings for peace were on Pope Francis' mind and in his prayers. In an unusual move late Dec. 30, the Pope had the Vatican Press Office and Vatican media distribute a copy of a famous photograph from the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

 

The photo shows a young boy, about 10 years old, carrying his dead little brother on his back. The boy is taking his brother to be cremated. On the back of the card, Pope Francis wrote, "The fruit of war" and signed his name. Below his signature, he explained that the photo was taken by U.S. Marine Corps photographer Joseph Roger O'Donnell. After the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, O'Donnell was assigned to document the scenes. “The sadness of the child is expressed only by his lips, bitten and oozing blood,” the Pope wrote.

The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, printed a copy of the photograph and the Pope's explanation on the back page of its edition for Jan. 1, the Catholic Church's World Peace Day.
 

 

 

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