The Catholic Church in Japan dedicates its annual “Ten Days for Peace” prayer initiative to the theme “Defending all life creates peace”
By Lisa Zengarini
“Defending all life creates peace” would be the theme of this 12 months’s “Ten Days for Peace” initiative, the annual interval of prayer held by the Church in Japan from 6 to fifteen August to recollect the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Theme from motto of Pope’s Apostolic Journey
In a message for the event, Bishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki, President of the Bishops’ Convention of Japan (CBCJ), explains that the theme is drawn from the motto of Pope Francis’s Apostolic Journey to Japan (23-26 November 2019), underlining the connection between that tragedy and the continuing risk of nuclear warfare which remains to be current immediately.
Peace on this planet below risk
The prelate notes that peace and the soundness of the worldwide neighborhood are nonetheless threatened immediately by armed conflicts, by the refugee disaster the world over and by rising tensions between america and China that are resulting in a “new chilly warfare”. On this context, he says, “we can not however urge international locations to proceed their efforts for a affected person dialogue, in order to construct higher relations”. Bishop Takami additionally remarks that, though the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into power on January 22 this 12 months, there are nonetheless many international locations that haven’t ratified it. “Each conflicts between international locations and the existence of weapons of mass destruction are a risk to peace”, the message emphasizes. The president of the Japanese bishops additionally recollects that in different international locations like Myanmar or Afghanistan, individuals are denied their primary human rights and peace by “deviant powers and forces” who “give precedence to nationwide safety and wealth” over respect for human life.
The world wants extra solidarity
The message additional refers back to the COVID-19 pandemic, reiterating the decision for higher solidarity. Richer and stronger international locations – Bishop Takami says – ought to assist poorer international locations, respecting the dignity of all lives equally so to “deepen mutual belief as brothers and sisters”, as known as for by the Doc on Human Brotherhood signed in Abu Dhabi in 2019 and Encyclical Letter “Fratelli tutti”.
All lives matter
In accordance with the prelate, in giving the best precedence to the safety of all lives, no matter their backgrounds, “we promote peace”, as a result of “life isn’t just the lifetime of a person, however is created by human relations: subsequently, defending the previous additionally means defending the latter. Peace is concord between the lives of all”, the message concludes.
“Ten days for peace” established in 1982
The “Ten days for peace” initiative was established by the Japanese Bishops in in 1982, following Pope John Paul II’s “Appeal for Peace at Hiroshima” (25 February 1981) throughout his Apostolic Journey to Japan, during which he emphasised that “remembering the previous is participating for the long run”. Throughout his go to to the Nation in November 2019, Pope Francis additional added that the possession of nuclear weapons can also be immoral.