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By Fr. Paul Glynn

On August nine, 1945, an American B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, killing tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals within the blink of a watch, whereas fatally injuring and poisoning hundreds of thousands extra. one of the survivors was once Takashi Nagai, a pioneer in radiology learn and a convert to the Catholic religion. dwelling within the rubble of the ruined urban and being affected by leukemia brought on by over-exposure to radiation, Nagai lived out the rest of his impressive existence via bringing actual and non secular therapeutic to his war-weary humans.

A tune for Nagasaki tells the relocating tale of this impressive guy, starting together with his boyhood and the heroic stories and stoic virtues of his family’s Shinto faith. It finds the inspiring tale of Nagai’s impressive religious trip from Shintoism to atheism to Catholicism. combined with fascinating information about eastern heritage and tradition, the biography strains Nagai’s non secular quest as he studied medication at Nagasaki college, served as a medic with the japanese military in the course of its career of Manchuria, and lower back to Nagasaki to commit himself to the technology of radiology. The ancient Catholic district of town, the place Nagai grew to become a Catholic and commenced a kin, used to be flooring 0 for the atomic bomb.

After the bomb catastrophe that killed hundreds of thousands, together with Nagai’s loved spouse, Nagai, then Dean of Radiology at Nagasaki collage, threw himself into carrier to the numerous sufferers of the bomb explosion, although it intended lethal publicity to the radiation which ultimately might reason his personal loss of life. whereas demise, he additionally wrote robust books that turned best-sellers in Japan. those integrated The Bells of Nagasaki, which resonated deeply with the japanese humans of their nice soreness because it explores the Christian message of affection and forgiveness. Nagai turned a hugely respected guy and is taken into account a saint by way of many eastern people.

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