"The bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki seventy-five years ago are still seen by many as among the worst examples of what we humans can do to each other," – Archbishop Eamon Martin.
Eighty percent of all acts of religious persecution around the world today are being committed against Christians – Archbishop Eamon Martin.
“Here before the door of this Jubilee of Mercy, let us ask that the world discover the ability to weep for its crimes, for what the world does with war.”
Nuclear bombings in August 1945 are a “symbol of the enormous destructive power of humanity when it makes a distorted use of scientific and technical progress”.
Mayor of Hiroshima Kazumi Matsui calls for the abolition of nuclear weapons and the creation of security systems that do not rely on military might.
"People often wage war in the name of justice for the cause of the defence of their own country. Wars are repeated while each disputing country insists that it is a just war for self-defence. As a result, numerous precious lives are lost," say Japanese bishops, appealing for ten days of prayer for peace.