Head of the Virgin Mary in Nagasaki, Japan

At 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945, an atomic bomb landed 1,640 feet from the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki, Japan. Though the building was almost completely destroyed, some remnants of the church still exist. The wooden head of a statue of the Virgin Mary, which survived the bombing, is brought outside the cathedral for a peaceful memorial procession each year on August 9th.

Even before the dropping of the atomic bomb, Christians in the Urakami District had experienced a long history of...

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