NAGASAKI (Kyodo) Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican’s foreign minister, laid flowers Sunday at the monument marking ground zero of the Aug. 9, 1945, atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

Mamberti visited the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum before laying flowers at the monument in the Nagasaki Peace Park.

He said he prayed for the many people who lost their lives in the bombing, for those who lost their loved ones and for those who are still suffering from the aftereffects of the bombing.

Mamberti said violence and destruction must not be allowed to continue, and stressed the need for peace to create a future of sympathy and prosperity.

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