CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 13 January 2018

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Fruit of war pope’s message for World Day of Peace

VATICAN (CNS): As 2017 receded and drew to a close, the horrors of war and people’s yearnings for peace were on Pope Francis’ mind and in his prayers.
 
In an unusual move, late on December 30 the pope requested that the Vatican Press Office and Vatican media distribute a copy of a famous photograph from the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.
 
The photo depicts a young boy, about 10-years-old, carrying his dead little brother on his back. 
 
The boy is taking his brother to be cremated.
 
On the back of the card, Pope Francis captioned it, The fruit of war, and signed his name.
 
The pope explained that the photo was taken by a United States of America Marine Corps photographer, Joseph Roger O’Donnell, who was assigned to document the scenes after the bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. 
 
“The sadness of the child is expressed only by his lips, bitten and oozing blood,” the pope wrote.
 
O’Donnell spent four years recording the aftermath of the bombings, according to Library of Congress.
 
L’Osservatore Romano, printed a copy of the photograph and pope’s explanation in its January 1 edition for World Peace Day.

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