Tomorrow, 6th August 2015, is the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, in 1945. On 9th August 1945, the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. At least 129,000 people were killed as a result of the bombings: around half of these deaths occurred immediately, and thousands more died in the following months due to radiation sickness and other injuries.
Reflect and pray for peace
“God of peace, bring Your peace to our violent world: peace in the hearts of all men and women, and peace among the nations of the earth.”
– Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Francis’ statement on the impact of nuclear weapons, 2014
“Nuclear deterrence and the threat of mutually assured destruction cannot be the basis for an ethics of fraternity and peaceful coexistence among people and states.
The youth of today and tomorrow deserve far more…
Peace must be built on justice, socio-economic development, freedom, respect for fundamental rights, the participation of all in public affairs, and the building of trust between peoples…
I am convinced that the desire for peace and fraternity planted deep in the human heart will bear fruit in concrete ways to ensure that nuclear weapons are banned once and for all.”
– Pope Francis (December 8, 2014), from the Statement sent to the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons
Red Cross: Remembering Hiroshima – 70 years on
Join the global call to target nuclear weapons
Vigils are being held during August around the country to remember those killed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Red Cross will be attending to show our solidarity.
Reflection Pond, The University of Western Australia – Thursday 6 August, 6.45pm
Further information: Remembering Hiroshima – 70 years on | Australian Red Cross