75 years: The atomic bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

Can you participate in our range of events to remember the suffering, death and destruction caused by the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Can you take action to help rid the world of nuclear weapons? Can you provide a relevant bidding prayer for Mass,or a liturgy you are involved in, on 8th/9th August?

Consider joining us online each day at 8 am from Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th August for a time of prayer and reflection. You may be able to take part in fasting between those dates. We will have a safe presence outside Westminster Cathedral, London on Thursday 6th and Sunday 9th 10-11.30 am. Pax Christi members will be taking part in events in Leeds, Liverpool, Coventry and North Wales. We have sent messages to Pax Christi International partners in Japan. The bishops of England, Wales and Scotland have made a statement in which they ‘recommit to the abolition’ of nuclear weapons. Our Director, Theresa, has an article in the Universe.


  • Can you start a dialogue with your bank/pension provider about their financing of nuclear weapons?
  • Can you use the ICAN Cities Appeal to talk to your Council about endorsing the Treaty for the prohibition of Nuclear weapons?
  • Put up a poster, share prayers, poems, readings. Choose from the resources we have gathered together.

Our efforts will join with those of many other peace groups and people of peace and goodwill around England & Wales, and indeed the world. In Japan last year, Pope Francis said: ‘One of the deepest longings of the human heart is for security, peace and stability. The possession of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction is not the answer to this desire; indeed they seem always to thwart it’.

Events organised by others: Worldwide information from Basel Peace Office, and CND UK, and Christian CND, reported at Network for Peace, from Abolition 2000.

We would be glad to have a report and pictures of your event afterwards, to share and encourage each other.


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