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NAGASAKI (Kyodo) Priests of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nagasaki will take the “bombed Mary,” a statue damaged in the atomic bombing of the city, on a pilgrimage to Guernica, Spain, and the Vatican next year, Archbishop Mitsuaki Takami said Wednesday.

It will be the third overseas trip for the roughly 26-cm-high scorched wooden head of a Virgin Mary statue found in the ruins of Urakami Cathedral, about 500 meters from ground zero, following trips to the Vatican in 1985 and Belarus in 2000.

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