USA: Nonviolent witness and prayer service calling for repentance, abolition of nuclear weapons took place on August 6th

 

On Sunday, August 6th, the anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and the Feast of the Transfiguration, Pax Christi USA co-sponsored the "Nonviolent Witness and Prayer Service of Repentance" at the White House. The prayer service included a call for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Additionally, the petition, "An Apology Petition for the U.S. use of nuclear weapons against the Japanese" was read during the service.

Seventy-two years ago the U.S. Government did the "unspeakable" and dropped atomic bombs on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, thus beginning the Nuclear Age. The U.S. has never repented for the use of these weapons of indiscriminate mass murder. Moreover, it has continued to build even deadlier weapons which endanger all of creation. Today the U.S. possesses nearly 7,000 nuclear weapons, many of which are on hair-trigger alert, and proposes to spend $1 trillion over the next 30 years to modernize it's existing nuclear arsenal. 

On July 7, 2017, at the conclusion of a special "UN Conference To Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons," 122 countries voted in favor of historic treaty to legally prohibit nuclear weapons. The "Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons," bans nuclear weapons and establishes a framework for the elimination of nuclear weapons programs - including warheads, materials, delivery systems and facilities. The effort has been grounded in a recognition of the catastrophic harm to both human life and that of planet Earth. All of the countries that bear nuclear arms and many others that either come under their protection or host weapons on their soil boycotted the negotiations. We call on the U.S., the only country to have ever used nuclear weapons, to endorse this treaty and to lead the way to total worldwide nuclear disarmament.

 

Pax Christi USA, Hiroshima