Pope Francis, on the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, called possession of nuclear weapons immoral and called for them to abandon them. The news portal Adnkronos writes about it on August 6.
“For the world to flourish, it is necessary that everyone renounce weapons, especially weapons as powerful and destructive as nuclear ones, which can paralyze and destroy cities and entire countries,” says the pontiff’s message to the Hiroshima authorities.
The use of nuclear energy for military purposes is immoral, as is the possession of nuclear weapons, he said.
In November 2019, the Pope made an apostolic trip to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where he made statements about the crime of using nuclear weapons.
On August 6, a mourning ceremony was held at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial to commemorate the victims of the Hiroshima bombing, Gazeta.ru writes. In 1945, an American B-29 bomber dropped a four-ton uranium bomb called the Kid on the city center. The radius of complete destruction was 1.6 km, the radius of the blast wave was about 20 km.
As a result of the explosion of an atomic bomb in one day, according to various estimates, from 70 thousand to 100 thousand people died. By the end of 1945, the number of victims had increased to 140 thousand – people were dying from their wounds and radiation. The city was completely razed to the ground.