From 18 to 22 May we’re sharing messages of peace from around the world in honour of our postponed Hiroshima gathering. Please share these messages with your friends and networks as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings and the birth of the Pax Christi International movement that same year. You can find all the videos on YouTube, and posted daily on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn feeds.
Dear World Gathering participants,
the peace of the risen Christ be with you.
Good morning everyone, my name is Alexis Shirahama, bishop of Hiroshima.
I would like to convey the greetings of my diocese.
I am grateful that Hiroshima Cathedral has been chosen as the venue for the Pax Christi International World Gathering to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings and the birth of Pax Christi International in the same year, but we are obliged to postpone this assembly in Hiroshima from 24 to 28 May 2021. I thank you very much for your work and activities for peace over the past 75 years.
Last year, on 24 November, Pope Francis visited Nagasaki and, in Hiroshima, he delivered messages for a nuclear-free world.
I believe that the Pope’s visit is a good opportunity for we in Japan to prepare well for the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings.
The diocese of Hiroshima, together with the archdiocese of Nagasaki, will create a fund for a nuclear-free world starting from 6 August the anniversary of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima, as an activity to respond to Pope Francis’ 2019 visit to the atomic zones. It is also an activity for the 75th anniversary of atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The purpose of this fund is to help other Japanese anti-nuclear weapons organisations so that the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty enters into force as soon as possible.
We can talk to you about this project next year.
Our World Gathering preparation team will continue to welcome you to Hiroshima.
Welcome to the World Gathering in Hiroshima.
We will see you soon in Hiroshima. Thank you very much.
Mgr. Alexis Mitsuru Shirahama, Bishop of Hiroshima – Japan –
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