Japanese and American Catholics Take on the Bomb

Author: Drew Christiansen

August 1, 2020

In this article, Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J., describes the efforts of Japanese and American Catholics to advocate against nuclear arms in light of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in August 2020. Christiansen highlights the long history of Jesuit engagement and Catholic life in Japan. It is against this historical backdrop that Christiansen discusses the work of prominent Japanese and American Catholic bishops to join in ongoing commemorations of the seventy-fifth anniversary. Christiansen previews an August 3 event "Catholics Commemorate 75 Years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki," hosted by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University. The event will bring together Catholic bishops from both nations for reflection on the bombings and nuclear disarmament, a key theme of Vatican diplomacy under Pope Francis. The article was published in InDepthNews.

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