Pope Francis Arrives in Japan


Tokyo, Nov. 23 (Jiji Press)--Pope Francis arrived in Tokyo on Saturday, becoming the second pope to visit Japan since the February 1981 trip by the late Pope John Paul II.

During his four-day stay in Japan, Pope Francis, 82, is scheduled to visit the atomic bomb sites in Nagasaki and Hiroshima on Sunday and send out a message for peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Since his 2013 election, he has been calling for a world without nuclear weapons by repeatedly referring to the two Japanese cities, which suffered U.S. atomic bombings in August 1945 in the closing days of World War II.

The Vatican ratified the U.N. nuclear weapons ban treaty in September 2017, two months after its adoption.

In November the same year, Pope Francis went further than any predecessor by saying that not only the use, but the mere possession of nuclear weapons should be "firmly condemned."

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