• JIJI, Staff Report


A Nagasaki 13-year-old who is the granddaughter of an atomic bomb survivor will present a flame kept alight from the World War II bombing of Hiroshima to Pope Francis during a general audience on Wednesday.

The “flame of peace,” as it is called, is maintained at a monument in the city of Yame, Fukuoka Prefecture. The fire is said to have been brought from Hiroshima in September 1945 after the city was flattened by the U.S. atomic bombing a month earlier on Aug. 6 in the closing days of the war.

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