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Nagasaki's archbishop brings disarmament plea to UN

May 06, 2010

Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki met with UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon in New York as the UN opened a conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The archbishop showed the UN leader a copy of the statement that he and Hiroshima's Bishop Atsumi Misue issued last year, calling for "a courageous step toward the total abolition of nuclear weapons and the realization of a world without wars.”

Archbishop Takami had traveled to New York after bringing one famous reminder of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, the "Bombed Maria," to exhibits in Rome and in Spain. The "Bombed Maria" is the charred face of the Virgin Mary, the only remainder of a wooden statue that stood in the cathedral that was at ground zero for the atomic blast.


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