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August 31, 2014

A story of American bombers and the Catholic cathedral they destroyed

69 years ago, the world's first plutonium bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, which had for 400 years been the home of Japanese Christianity. From the arrival of Portuguese missionaries in the 1550s until the 1860s, a culture of quiet Christianity evolved, despite 250 years of intense persecutation. A family trip to the Urakami Cathedral reveals a thriving Catholicism in the place that bombers used to verify their position over the last target of World War II, killing everyone inside. Read more at http://www.catholicdemocrats.org/NagasakiReflection.pdf

Tablet%20531.jpg The city of Nagasaki, the morning of August 9 before American bombers arrived.

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

First Inaugural Address, President Barack Obama



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