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Many Japanese are looking forward to Pope Francis’ visit to Japan on Saturday, including Shoji Fukahori, an 82-year-old Christian priest and hibakusha in Hiroshima.

When the first atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, Fukahori, then 8, was about 3 km from ground zero. Even though he had been taught as a young Christian to forgive, he was caught up by anger when he saw how badly his mother and brother were hurt by the attack, Fukahori recalled.

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