Tokyo — Catholic bishops in Japan referred to as for the prohibition of nuclear weapons as they introduced a 10-day prayer program marking the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.
“Defending all life makes peace,” stated the message from Archbishop Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Convention of Japan, asserting the prayer program that may run Aug. 6-15.
Ucanews.com reported that every yr from the date of the Hiroshima bombing, Aug. 6, to Aug. 15, when Japan surrendered in World Battle II, the church marks Ten Days of Prayer for Peace with particular prayers, workshops and different actions directed towards peace.
“As we as soon as once more this yr mark the Ten Days of Prayer for Peace by reflecting about peace, praying for peace and performing for peace, I need to share with you my conviction that defending all life is the way in which to peace,” stated Takami’s message, revealed on the bishops’ convention web site.
Pope Francis’ go to to Japan in November 2019 underlined the continued risk of nuclear conflict, the message stated.
The message referred to as for extra nations to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which entered into drive Jan. 22.
A number of nations, together with nuclear powers and nations like Japan beneath the “nuclear umbrella,” refuse to ratify the treaty, claiming it’s unrealistic.
Japan, the one nation to undergo atomic bombings, “needs to be among the many first to ratify the treaty. I pray that many non-nuclear nations will ratify the treaty” and put strain on others to take action, Takami stated.
Apart from armed conflicts and the plight of refugees, a brand new Chilly Battle confrontation between america and China is having “a big unfavourable affect on the political and financial stability of the worldwide group,” the message famous.
Noting that that confrontation between nations and weapons of mass destruction threaten peace, the message requested nations to make “make affected person efforts to construct higher relations.”
Ucanews.com reported the archbishop cited the conditions of Myanmar and Afghanistan, the place oppressive regimes ignore human rights and individuals are pressured to stay with out peace.
“Are we sacrificing individuals to claims of nationwide safety and prosperity?” he requested.
The peace message additionally requested affluent nations to help poorer nations in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus had contaminated greater than 189 million individuals as of mid-July and greater than 4 million had died.
“Poorer nations are being placed on the again finish of vaccine allocation, growing the danger to life and social disruption. We’re all struggling. Affluent nations should perceive, assist and help poorer ones,” Takami stated.
He requested for the safety of all life to be prioritized in each scenario.
“In doing that, we hope to create peace. And life is greater than particular person life; we should take into account that our lives are interconnected.”
“Peace is the state through which particular person lives are fulfilled, there’s concord, and all life is stuffed with happiness,” the message stated.