Japan: Reflection on peace by Archbishop of Nagasaki

At the end of last year, Pope Francis, struck by a picture of a boy standing at a cremation site, gave instructions that copies with his signature and the words ‘The Fruit of War’ should be widely distributed. The photo was taken by a US military cameraman one month after the bombing of Nagasaki, and it shows the misfortune, suffering, emptiness and resentment caused by war. By issuing the card the pope conveyed his strong conviction that we must never resort to war.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the 70th anniversary of the assassination of the father of Indian independence Mahatma Gandhi and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, leader of the African-American civil rights movement. Those anniversaries make us think anew about war and peace.

The past century witnessed the establishment of the League of Nations, the enactment of the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact that pledged nations to “condemn recourse to war for the solution of international controversies and renounce it as an instrument of national policy in their relations with one another,” the Second World War and the subsequent establishment of the United Nations, the Cold War and the collapse of the Communist bloc. In addition, it is fortunate that about 100 colonies of Britain, France, the Soviet Union, the United States and others have achieved their independence. Overall, it can be said that peace and the protection of human rights have been a universal desire.

Even so, serious regional conflicts, terrorism, the threat of nuclear weapons, refugee problems, various forms of discrimination, economic disparities and friction continue to threaten peoples’ peace around the world.

In July of last year, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons with a majority of 122 countries and regions, but as of July 7 of this year, only 11 countries including the Vatican have ratified this international treaty calling for the complete abolition and eradication of nuclear weapons.

The idea that nuclear weapons are necessary for deterrence is strong. However, the possession of nuclear weapons is, rather, responsible for the arms race that inevitably leads to economic dependence on the arms industry and military demand, and shapes politics.

Deterrence is an attempt to maintain peace by means of arms, but by further increasing such factors of conflict as hostility, mutual distrust and conflicts of interests, it gradually breaks down the foundations of reconciliation, peace and mutual understanding. The urgent problems the world faces (environment, immigrants, refugees, wealth disparities and poverty) are born out of the theory of deterrence and its unbalanced economic institutions.

In addition, for the sake of anti-terrorism and security, control of speech has been carried out. Hate speech that encourages cyberattacks on the Internet and discrimination is rampant. Various problems caused by smartphone addiction have also arisen.
Media should not create negative stereotypes about specific countries, ethnic groups, religions and such, but should fairly provide accurate information and encourage mutual understanding.

We are taught that humanity has dignity by virtue of being created in the image of God and that therefore all human beings are a family. In addition, we know that God has given us a mission to build solidarity through reconciliation and mutual love. Based on that conviction, let us try to use information to tell the truth with love, to strengthen each other and create bonds. Let us always keep a close eye on the situation in the world, especially in East Asia, and pray that politicians continue patient dialogue to pursue mutual benefits and peace, rather than their own narrow interests.

July 7, 2018
+Joseph Mitsuaki Takami,
Archbishop of Nagasaki
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan

This entry was posted in Japan Scene, Superior's Desk and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

65 Responses to Japan: Reflection on peace by Archbishop of Nagasaki

  1. SantosQuepe says:

    https://zithromaxproff.com/# zithromax online paypal
    how to get zithromax

  2. SantosQuepe says:

    http://zithromaxproff.com/# zithromax antibiotic without prescription
    zithromax 500 mg lowest price pharmacy online

  3. Billysnubs says:

    buy stromectol: generic ceftin
    buy floxin

  4. MichaelWic says:

    indian online pharmacies review: buy prescriptions from india pharmacy online medications from india

  5. MichaelWic says:

    cheap online pharmacies from india: overseas pharmacies shipping to usa trusted india online pharmacies

  6. MichaelWic says:

    online medications from india: trusted india online pharmacies india pharmacies online

  7. RobertGut says:

    ed meds: https://edpillsonline24.com/# viagra pills online

  8. RobertGut says:

    best male erectile dysfunction pill: https://edpillsonline24.com/# levitra pills

  9. RobertGut says:

    ed pills for sale: https://edpillsonline24.com/# erectile dysfunction pills

  10. Michaelswash says:

    walmart viagra: viagra online without prescription viagra without a doctor prescription

  11. Michaelswash says:

    viagra from canada: non prescription viagra non prescription viagra

  12. ClaudFeems says:

    amoxicillin pills 500 mg: amoxil – amoxicillin generic brand

  13. ClaudFeems says:

    diflucan pills for sale: cheap diflucan – diflucan 50mg tablet

  14. ClaudFeems says:

    doxycycline 100mg dogs: cheap doxycycline – how to buy doxycycline online

  15. HĐľ, I do believe this is a great website. I
    stumbledupon it ­čśë I am going to rreturn once again since I savđÁd as a favorite it.
    Money đ░nd freedom is the best way to change, mayy you be rich and continue
    to guide others.

    Heree is my ĐĽite: payday loans shreveport

  16. Myrondramn says:

    best online dating sites
    [url=”http://freedatingsitesus.com/?”]free personals [/url]

  17. ClaudFeems says:

    where to buy amoxicillin pharmacy: generic amoxil – amoxicillin for sale online

  18. Pierreimpum says:

    https://metforminst.com/# metformin 500 mg discount

  19. G├╝venilir Takip├ži Sat─▒n Al─▒nabilir Site
    en iyi siteden takip├ži al se├ženekleri bireylerin beklentilerine
    g├Âre ├žok ├žok detayl─▒ olabilmektedir.
    Herkesin Instagrama hesab─▒nda de─či┼čik bir gaye ve beklentiyle takip├ži miktar─▒n─▒ ├žo─čaltmak istemesi s├Âz konusudur.

    Bunlar─▒n hepsine hitap edebilecek hizmetlerin sunulmas─▒ ile birlikte en iyi instagram Takip├ži Sat─▒n Al sitesinden takip├ži almakt─▒r.

    Site ├╝zerinden 1.000, 2.000 bu rakamlar─▒n fazlas─▒ yada az─▒ diledi─činiz kadar en iyi siteden takip├ži alabilirsiniz

  20. GeorgeDef says:

    price of valtrex without insurance: generic valtrex for sale – valtrex tablet
    ventolin no prescription

  21. GeorgeDef says:

    tadalafil pills: tadalafil 20mg – cheap tadalafil
    ventolin 4mg price

  22. GeorgeDef says:

    finasteride prostate: buy propecia without prescription – propecia
    order ventolin online

  23. GeorgeDef says:

    ventolin over the counter nz: ventolin generic – ventolin order online without prescription
    ventolin price australia

  24. GeorgeDef says:

    propecia generic no prescription: buy propecia – cheap propecia pills
    ventolin without prescription

  25. Canadian drugs pharmacy onlinecanda21.com drug stores near me

  26. GeorgeDef says:

    merck propecia: cheap propecia – finasteride hair loss
    buy ventolin online cheap

  27. Differenze tra viagra e levitra uslevitraanna.com levitra klonopin

  28. JesseDut says:

    http://edpillst.com/# ed medication
    cheap erectile dysfunction pills online

  29. JesseDut says:

    https://edpillst.com/# ed drug prices
    mens ed pills

  30. Williamculty says:

    legit mexican pharmacy canadian family pharmacy – my canadian pharmacy rx
    canadian pharmacy coupon

  31. Singulair says:

    Viagra Oral Jelly Singulair trusted overseas pharmacies

  32. Williamculty says:

    24 hr pharmacy near me ed drugs – 24 hr pharmacy near me
    canadian pharmacy prices

  33. Canadian pharmacy meds http://www.canadianeve21.com mexican pharmacy online

  34. Walgreens online pharmacy health canada drug database northwest pharmacy/com

  35. Javiervof says:

    tinder app , tindr
    [url=”http://tinderentrar.com/?”]tider [/url]

  36. Price of cialis cialis overnight shipping cialis no prescription paypal

  37. RichardKap says:

    cialis original for sale erectile dysfunction medications – fastest delivery of generic cialis
    buy cialis united kingdom

  38. Cialis in canada fast shipping cileve.com
    cialis 20 mg tablets

  39. RichardKap says:

    how to get ciails without a doctor buy cialis united kingdom – generic cialis daily pricing
    buy cialis doctor

  40. RichardKap says:

    cialis tadalafil portugal erectile dysfunction medications – cost of tadalafil without insurance
    buy cialis tadalafil uk

  41. RichardKap says:

    buy cialis with paypal ed drugs – buy cialis online europe
    buy cialis shipping canada

  42. RichardKap says:

    buy cialis toronto buy cialis online overnight – how to buy cialis online from canada
    buy cialis cheaper online

  43. RichardKap says:

    cialis 20mg low price cost of cialis without insurance – buy cialis online overnight
    generic cialis daily pricing

  44. RichardKap says:

    where can u buy cialis ed pills – where can i buy cialis without a prescription
    find cheap cialis online

  45. RichardKap says:

    buy cialis with paypal erectile dysfunction pills – safe buy cialis
    buy cialis shipping canada

  46. RenaldoclAwl says:

    100 mg viagra lowest price viagra dosage recommendations – viagra without a doctor prescription
    buy viagra online

  47. Javiervof says:

    browse tinder for free , tider
    [url=”http://tinderentrar.com/?”]how to use tinder [/url]

  48. RenaldoclAwl says:

    viagra pills how long does viagra last – order viagra online
    đ┐┬╗ĐŚover the counter viagra

  49. RenaldoclAwl says:

    buy viagra viagra prices – viagra canada
    generic viagra without a doctor prescription

  50. Se puede tomar trago y viagra http://loxviagra.com/ quiero
    comprar viagra sin receta argentina

  51. Yan etkisi olmayan viagra is it safe to use out of date viagra does
    viagra work for erectile dysfunction

  52. MichaelTus says:

    buy cialis with paypal: buy cialis very cheap prices fast delivery cialis soft tablet
    cialis without prescriptions canada

  53. Prirodna viagra almea forum http://jokviagra.com/ viagra ohne rezept in spanien

  54. Is viagra healthy qual o melhor viagra feminino como cortar el efecto dela viagra

  55. Javiervof says:

    tindr , tinder website

  56. MichaelTus says:

    buy cialis online in canada: cialis 20 mg cost taking cialis soft tabs
    cialis sale 20mg

  57. Ou acheter du bon viagra printable coupon for viagra viagra after

  58. Viagra en farmacias del doctor simi viagra cream side effects viagra generic launch date

  59. MichaelTus says:

    cialis without prescriptions canada: cialis 20mg usa cialis sale 20mg
    cialis for daily use

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *