Hiroshima and Nagasaki

2022 Commemoration of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (6 & 9 Aug)

Current concerns over the possibility for storing US nuclear weapons at RAF Lakeheath and the war in Ukraine/Russia add extra impetus to this year’s commemoration. We know of events taking place in Coventry, Liverpool and Westminster. If you can’t get to one of these, can you, spend time in prayer, speak of the anniversary to a friend.

2022 Message from the Catholic Bishop of Hiroshima available here.

2002 Prayers for the 77th Anniversary of Hiroshima Day, Westminster Cathedral Piazza here and the reading used here. Prayers for Nagasaki Day here.

Parish resources- Hiroshima/ Nagasaki 2021

Petition from the Ursuline Sisters calling on the UK Government to sign the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Resources from Peace Sunday to use throughout the year are available here.

Resources for young people on nuclear weapons are available here.


For information on events to commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki, please visit our events page.

Other events can also be found on the CCND and CND websites.


Chair of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference Department for International Affairs, Bishop Declan Lang, has called for our prayers on the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/anniversary-of-the-nuclear-bombing-of-hiroshima/

Kazumi Matsui, mayor of Hiroshima, made his annual Peace Declaration at the Memorial Ceremony, and showed his support for the nuclear ban, which is important for the hibakusha, and the need for Japan to join it. The declaration is available here.

Ideas for Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemorations 6 & 9 August 2020


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