Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea

Reflection

75th anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Columban Message of Peace and Nonviolence

A section of the bomb damaged ruins of buildings, looking south from the centre of the city of Hiroshima. Photo: Australian War Memorial/ Public Domain

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings by the United States of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9).

By the end of the year, 1945, more than 210,000 people, mainly civilians, were dead. Those surviving the bombings (Hibakusha) and their children continue to suffer the physical and psychological impacts of the bombing and radiation.

Pope Francis, on his visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2019, issued an urgent plea to the world:

“Here, in an incandescent burst of lightning and fire, so many men and women, so many dreams and hopes, disappeared, leaving behind only shadows and silence … The possession of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction is not the answer to one of the deepest longings of the human heart for security, peace and stability …

In a world where millions of children and families live in inhumane conditions, the money that is squandered and the fortunes made through the manufacture, upgrading, maintenance and sale of ever more destructive weapons are an affront crying out to heaven.”

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Mary MacKillop was so possessed

by an internal vision of divine goodness

that she gives us a glimpse of the face of God

in the centre of the human.

She gives us the possibility of greatness in ourselves.
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Weekday Masses on hold again

Due to the second round of lockdown restrictions in regional Victoria all Masses have been suspended once again. When we do resume celebrating Eucharist again it will no doubtedly be under some restrictions again and thereofre a booking process will be re-implemented. Thank you to all of you who were able to attend in the few weeks we were able to.

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