Bombed Mary - Uragami Cathedral NAGASAKI 11:02AM 8/9/1945
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Bombed Mary - Uragami Cathedral NAGASAKI 11:02AM 8/9/1945

Nagasaki : Japan | Aug 09, 2011 at 11:08 AM PDT
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American Air Force B29 ‘Bockscar’ carrying the ‘Fat Man Pultnium 239 bomb hit Uragami district (ground zero) at 11:02AM on August 9, 1945 and immediately killed 74,000 people including priests and Catholic Christians while they were in confession at the Uragami Cathedral. At that time, the city population counted some 240,000 and later the toll of death were added up to some 149,000, wiping out 62% of the citizens of Nagasaki.

The bomb was made at Los Alamos National Laoratory under the Manhattan Project.

Some 500m from the grand zero stood Uragami Catholic Cathedral, which was completely destroyed by the bomb. In October, a priest from Trappist Order in Hokkaido visited his once home church building, the Cathedral of the Uragami. He was praying for sometime silently and then opened his eyes. There in front of him, the beloved Mary’s face burnt in black gazing him sadly and dearly. Rejoiced he cried and embraced the head, in front of which he prayed many youth years of his. Originally the statue stood approx. 2m on a pedestal made of wood and colored. The model of the statue is said of the painting ‘Immaculata Conceptio Beatac Viginis Mariae’ (1678? Prado Musuem) painted by Bartolome E.P. Murillo (1617-1682).

The ‘bombed Mary’ twice visited Vatican in 1985 and 2010. ‘She’ was traveling as a Peace Representative to Barcelona, Guernica and Madrid in 2010, then proceeded to NYC with Arch Bishop Takami and visited UN. The bishop himself had the internal exposure (born March 1946) to the nuclear bomb. Last month, he came to Sapporo to talk his special peace lecture and then I took the photo attached.

Today, the mayor of Nagasaki also went on mentioning not only the abolishing nuclear weapons but also looking after the renewable energies to replace nuclear power.

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Yoko Otake is based in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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