Special Envoy to Bangkok,
The Archbishop of Nagasaki, Joseph Mitsuaki Takami, is a survivor of the August 9, 1945, nuclear attack. His mother was pregnant with him at the time. She survived, but several members of her family were blown away by the bomb. On Sunday, the 73-year-old bishop – born on March 21, 1946 – president of the Japanese Bishops' Conference, will welcome Pope Francis to his hometown.
The man in white will first go to the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park to deliver a much anticipated solemn message. It should again condemn the use or possession of nuclear weapons. Then he will celebrate Mass before flying back to Hiroshima City, where he will participate in a "Peace Encounter" at the city's memorial. There too, he must deliver a keynote speech.
This day will be the strongest of his trip to Asia. It has been a long time since Francis prepares this meeting on these places martyrs of Japan.
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