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Nagasaki Day Plea for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons at the Basilica of SS Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Cathedral, Phila., PA
August 9, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pmFree
Often called the “forgotten nuclear city”, Nagasaki, at the time, was the largest Christian population throughout all of Asia. Ground zero for the second bombing was the St. Mary’s Urakami Cathedral.
Nagasaki Day, Wednesday, August 9, at noon you are invited to gather in front of the Basilica of SS Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Cathedral, 18th & Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, PA. From there, in memory of the world’s second act of nuclear terror, we will send out a plea for peace that recognizes nuclear weapons as affront to God’s goodness and human life.
On Nagasaki Day People are invited to stand or sit with large banners and posters, and pictorials of the aftermath of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. In front of the Basilica of SS Peter and Paul, incense will be lit in memory of the St. Mary’s Urakami Cathedral and all the victims of war and nuclear weapons. There will be readings and the ringing of our bell of peace 78 times in support of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which has declared nuclear weapons ILLEGAL. SUPPORT the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, http://www.icanw.org/the-treaty .
Event is subject to change, postponement, or cancellation due to severe weather (HEAT or STORMS). Please check this webpage on August 8.
Participants should bring water, sunblock, and folding chair if you wish to sit.
The time has come for a renewed religious urgency in facing the continuing reality of nuclear weapons and the threat of nuclear war. In and through your faith act for justice, humanity, and peace. Abolish Nuclear Weapons
“Therefore Choose Life, so that you and your children may live.”
– Book of Deuteronomy
A photo taken by US marine Joe O’Donnell, showing a boy carrying his dead brother on his back after the Nagasaki bombing.
Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/POOL/AFP via Getty Images