TOKYO (Reuters) – Pope Francis arrived on Saturday in Japan, the second leg of a week-long Asian trip whose main aim is to bring an anti-nuclear message to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the world’s only cities to suffer atomic bombing.
Francis, 82, a determined anti-nuclear campaigner who has in the past called for a total ban on nuclear weapons, will read a message on the theme in Nagasaki on Sunday and meet survivors.
“I wish to meet those who still bear the wounds of this tragic episode in human history,” the pope told Japanese bishops shortly after his arrival.
Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, who campaigned against nuclear weapons, would have been right there along Pope Francis. Hunthanusen said:
“Our security is in a loving, caring God. We must dismantle our weapons of terror and place our reliance on God.”