The Journey History

Follow the “Flame of Hope”

On September 27th, 2019, the “Nagasaki Flame of Commitment” will arrive at Urakami Cathedral,* and it will be used to light the “Flame of Hope.” All in attendance will pray for peace while the “Flame of Hope” is used to light candles during a ceremony, and this combined flame will continue on its journey.

After leaving Urakami Cathedral, the Flame will be taken to Buddhist temples, Christian churches, Islamic mosques, and other places of worship, as well as to schools and festivals—wherever people pray and wish for peace. Along the way, the Flame of Hope will be combined with the Flame of Peace from Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park and the Peace Flame from Yame city. As the journey continues, wishes for peace will continue to be added to the “Flame of Hope,” and with all the stored wishes from all the places the Flame visited in Japan, it will travel to Tokyo, where Pope Francis will use it during a Mass on November 25th.

Flame of Hope pilgrims from around the world will be there to represent all people’s wishes for peace on Earth.

You can apply for the Flame of Hope as

a place of worship,
an organization, or
an individual.

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Prayer for Peace with Pope Francis

Prayer for Peace with Pope Francis

Earth Caravan, led by Buddhist priest Ryokyu Endo, along with Mrs. Setsuko Thurlow, a Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor who received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of ICAN in 2017, will make a pilgrimage to the Vatican carrying the Hiroshima Flame to be presented to His Holiness Pope Francis.
The Peace Flame

The Peace Flame

Tatsuo Yamamoto took from the embers of the fire following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on the 6th of August, 1945. He carried it to his hometown, Hoshino village in Yame City, Fukuoka. The flame has been kept alive in the village as a symbol of peace and remains lit in the town’s Peace Tower until now.