70th Anniversary of Nagasaki
Hear our voice, for it is the voice of the victims of all wars and violence among
individuals and nations.
Hear our voice, for it is the voice of all children who suffer and will suffer when
people put their faith in the weapons of war.
Hear our voice when we beg you to instill into the hearts of all human beings the
wisdom of peace, the strength of justice and the joy of solidarity.
Hear our voice, for we speak for the multitude in every country and in every period of history who do not want war and are ready to walk the road of peace.
Hear our voice and grant insight and strength so that we may always respond to
hatred with love, to injustice with total dedication to justice, to need with sharing, to war with peace.
John Paul II
O God, hear our voices and help us to work toward a world at peace.
Visit some websites for nuclear for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation: http://armscontrolcenter.org/, http://nuclearweaponsfree.org/, http://www.cnduk.org/, http://www.un.org/disarmament/WMD/Nuclear/
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
No peace among the nations without peace among the religions. No peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions.
He will judge between many peoples
and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore
I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions
slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
John F. Kennedy
Japan learned from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that the tragedy wrought by nuclear weapons must never be repeated and that humanity and nuclear weapons cannot coexist.
Although September 11 was horrible, it didn’t threaten the survival of the human race, like nuclear weapons do.
Today I can declare my hope and declare it from the bottom of my heart that we will eventually see the time when that number of nuclear weapons is down to zero and the world is a much better place.
I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.
Note typed on a small, folded peace crane, a gift of the Japanese people to U.S. citizens for this 70th anniversary: “There is no excuse for nuclear weapons. Weapons of mass destruction can’t be necessary for world peace.”