Pope Francis on the anniversary of the bomb: ‘A lasting warning to humanity’

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Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican August 9, 2015. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican August 9, 2015. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Tony Gentile *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-MILLER-COLUMN, originally transmitted on Sept. 15, 2015.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Speaking to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Francis recalled the “horror and repulsion” aroused by the twin bombings of Nagasaki on Aug. 9 1945, and Hiroshima, three days earlier.

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  • Fran

    As prophecied by the prophet Micah long ago: “And he (God) shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning shears; nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Micah 4:3)

    This prophecy will soon be fulfilled by God and his kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44).

  • bqrq

    The next nuclear bomb used in warfare will probably be detonated somewhere in the Middle East, and will likely be followed by more detonations. Most people living there have no memory nor education regarding the “horror and repulsion.” Each nation in the region must now have its own bomb. Let us hope and pray that our enemies never become capable of detonating a nuclear bomb in America.

  • Fran

    God will never allow man to nuke himself nor the entire planet to complete destruction (Eccles. 1:4; Psalm 37:10,11). That would go against his purpose for man since his start, and He is more loving and powerful to have his purpose come true.

  • Bernardo

    Mythical fortune tellers then. Fortune tellers now and then and now there is still no god.

  • Fran

    You will get your proof, then, when the great tribulation and Armageddon takes place. Man has used many agents to bring some destruction to his fellowmen and earth. However, “complete destruction” of both of them has not taken place nor ever will.

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Human beings are capable of walking the right path. Bless us O Lord with healthy minds and caring hearts.

  • Jim

    As bad as Hiroshima and Nagasaki were, they were nothing compared to the U.S. fire bombing of Tokyo. which took three times more lives.

  • Larry

    Let’s be even more brutally honest. The atomic bombing prevented the death and starvation of at least 2-3 million Japanese civilians which would have died in the continued blocade and subsequent invasion of Japan.

    My own parents in law lived in the Osaka metro area as children during the war. They owe us their survival in spring/summer of 1945 to stealing root vegetables from gardens and American occupation forces bringing tons of food.

    If you want to see the most emotionally draining animated feature ever, concerning this sort of thing, rent Grave of the Fireflies. If you do not tear up by the end, you left your soul at a bus stop.

  • Betty Clermont

    I think some people are beginning to find this constant self-promotion by a “religious” leader a little unsettling and that’s why fewer Americans have a favorable view according to the recent Gallup poll.

  • Ben Cade

    Betty you’re just jealous that his self-promotion is far better than yours.

  • Ben Cade

    Pssst. Fran. You’re deluded.

    Your story sounds like the standard insane JW plotline, so are you one?