August 9, 1945, 11:02 A.M. Nagasaki, Japan
"Bockscar", the US B-29 bomber carrying a plutonium-core atomic bomb
dropped its deadly cargo over Nagasaki: There
was a a blinding, searing light,
and the sky became blacker than night as a layer of dust eclipsed the sun...
The devastating bomb killed nearly 9,600 of the 12,000 Catholics who lived near the hypocenter of the blast, which left 70,000 people dead altogether. Their beloved Urakami Cathedral (the
largest Catholic church in the Orient) was utterly destroyed. Two priests hearing confessions at the time, along with dozens of penitents, were killed when the church collapsed on top of them.