Final adjustments being made for Pope Francis’ visit to the Cenotaph in Hiroshima, and possible meeting with A-bomb survivors

by Junji Akechi, Staff Writer

Pope Francis’ planned visit to Hiroshima the evening of November 24 remains underway, say those involved with the final decision-making. That evening, the pope plans to visit the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims in Peace Memorial Park in Naka Ward. He may also be personally available to hear the stories of two A-bomb survivors, and deliver to the world a message concerning the abolition of nuclear weapons.

According to those associated with the event, the pope will arrive in Hiroshima after his visit to Nagasaki the same day. He will visit the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims in Peace Memorial Park, and then attend an assembly with members of the Christian church. A number of A-bomb survivors are expected to also be in attendance. His schedule is being adjusted in order that the pope might be able to listen directly to the testimonies of two A-bomb survivors. After the approximately 45-minute assembly meeting, he is scheduled to move on to Tokyo.

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui, and Hiroshima Prefecture Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki, had each asked the Pope to visit Hiroshima for a General Audience during a prior visit to Vatican City.

(Originally published on September 14, 2019)