national

Pope Francis to bring anti-nuclear message to Hiroshima and Nagasaki

17 Comments
By Philip Pullella

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2019.

©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.

17 Comments
Login to comment

I think the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are pretty well convinced of the horrors of atomic warfare. Why doesn't he take his message to Washington, North Korea, Iran?

15 ( +18 / -3 )

excellent point Bertie....

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Why doesn't he take his message to Washington, North Korea, Iran?

He does, but they ignore him. Just like Japan's governments, which are happy to wallow in self-pity for a week every August then shelter under Uncle Sam's nuclear umbrella for the rest of the time.

I'm sure the anti-nuclear activists in Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be pleased to see the Pope and his support for their work, especially as their own political leaders in Tokyo are firmly pro-nuclear.

7 ( +13 / -6 )

Recently  Mikhail Gorbachev stated on BBCWorld the nuclear weapons held by America and Russia reman one of the most dangerous situations on the globe.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Why doesn't he take his message to Washington, North Korea, Iran?

That was my initial thought, but I believe the idea is that these are examples of what becomes of a world at war with nuclear devices. Both cities have also been asking for disarmament since the war, so the most likely to welcome a rally for it is going to be these two places.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

God bless the efforts of Pope Francis. He's fighting a losing war speaking to deaf ears, but at least he's trying.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

The holy Pope is doing a noble mission and I'm sure his voice will be heard by the millions of roman Catholics around the world,besides his holiness already expressed concerns to Putin and Trump about the nuclear thread when both presidents visited the Vatican.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Nice promotion of Coca Cola there.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Talk about carrying coal to Newcastle...

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Preaching to the choir.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Hopefully he will also evangelize, inviting people in Thailand and Japan to accept Jesus Christ and receive baptism into His Church.

In fact, that should be his primary reason for traveling anywhere -- yes, even more important than the issue of nuclear weapons, as important as that is.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

Speed

Preaching to the choir.

Exactly what I came to post.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I think the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are pretty well convinced of the horrors of atomic warfare. Why doesn't he take his message to Washington, North Korea, Iran?

His target audience is not the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but the world. These two cities are being used as a backdrop to add emphasis to his message. The headline makes it sound as though he is going there to lecture the locals, but a moment of thought (or a cursory reading of the article) shows that's obviously not the case.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Hopefully he will also evangelize, inviting people in Thailand and Japan to accept Jesus Christ and receive baptism into His Church.

Plenty have tried and failed before him. The Catholic Church is now basically only a force in Africa and Latin America. He’d be better off trying to consolidate his base.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Is the Pope gone to a wrong place preaching? Thailand has no nuclear weapons! Right?

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Perhaps His Holiness should visit Fukushima, and bless all those contaminated tanks of radioactive water about to be released into the Pacific Ocean? Maybe even reduce the radioactivity? A miracle if that happens!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Bravo TO the Pope.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites