The Vatican said the Pope “wanted to publish this photo and spread it with a text written on back of the photo ‘the fruit of war, ‘” adding that the “boy’s sadness is only expressed through his bitten lips and dripping blood”.
The pope wrote his signature on the back of the card, along with the words “the fruit of war”. It is the photo taken by an American photographer Joseph Roger O’Donnell after the atomic bombing in Nagasaki.
After the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, Japan’s subsequent surrender ended World War II.
The Catholic church designates January 1 as World Peace Day, and in his comments after Mass to the crowd in the square outside the basilica, Francis noted that this year’s focus of the day was the search for peace by migrants and refugees.
He is expected to address the issue again during his New Year’s Day Mass on Monday, which is dedicated to the theme of world peace.
“For this peace, that is a right of everyone, many of them are willing to risk their lives in a journey that is in the great majority of cases long and risky, willing to face hardships and suffering”.
Pope Francis chose to focus on migrants and refugees for the New Year’s celebration of World Peace Day and the feast of Mary, Mother of God. He called for all to make commitments “to assure the refugees, the migrants, everyone, a future of peace”.
“Please, let us not extinguish the hope in their hearts, let us not suffocate their hopes for peace!”
“Jesus knows well the pain of not being welcomed and how hard it is not to have a place to lay one’s head”, the pope said December 25, praying that people would work together to make the world “more human and more worthy for the children of today and of the future”. Kim also indicated however that he is open to talks with the south.
A USA military photographer took the picture of a boy carrying his dead brother on his back.
The Pope has previously condemned nuclear weapons and highlighted the impact of conflict on children.