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Our Lady of Fatima's
Protective Shield
The Two Atomic Bombs
Dropped on Japan in 1945

Below are 2 Real Examples of Our Lady of Fatima's
Promise of Protection with her Protective Shield

How Our Lady of Fatima protected a number of
Roman Catholic Priests from
Two Atomic Bombs Dropped on Japan in 1945!

Our Lady of Fatima's
Protective Shield
The Two Atomic Bombs
Dropped on Japan in 1945

To the best of my knowledge, this web page
has more actual photographs taken of
the Roman Catholic Priests, the airplanes,
the pilots, the actual bombs; plus:
eye-witness accounts, scientific facts, etc.,
etc., than are on any other internet web site!

Fat Man
Atomic Bomb

Dropped on
Nagasaki, Japan


Background Data on the Bombs

Choice of Targets

The Bombing of Japan with Atomic Bombs

A Freemasonic U.S. President

Masonic Record of President Truman

Other U.S. Presidents, Before Truman, Who Were Also Freemasons

Why Hiroshima?

Why Kokura or Nagasaki?

Monday, August 6, 1945 at Hiroshima, Japan

Enola Gay

Colonel Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr.

Take Off From the West Air Field on the Island of Tinian

The Atomic Bomb - Little Boy

The Mushroom Cloud over Hiroshima after the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb - Little Boy

Hiroshima - 3 Hours After the Bomb Hit

Hiroshima - Destructive Aftermath of the Bomb

The Hypocenter - Shima Hospital

Father Hugo Lassalle, S.J.

Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, S.J.

Jesuit Church dedicated
to Our Lady of the Assumption

Father Hugo Lassalle, S.J.

Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, S.J.

Father Hubert Schiffer, S.J.

Father Arrupe, S.J.

Father Hubert Schiffer, S.J.
and the
Protective Shield of Our Lady of Fatima

Editor's Note

Father Schiffer's Written Account
Father was only 8 blocks
from the hypocenter!

Plus:  The Protective Shield of Our Lady of Fatima

Morning Offering

World Peace Promised from Heaven


The Atom Bomb

An explosion?
Heavens, that was a BOMB!
A direct hit!

History of Faith

Children Play in the “Garden of Light”

In Xavier’s Footsteps

Prayer of St. Francis Assisi for Peace

Our Lady of Fatima's Protective Shield

Father John Seimes, S.J.

Eye-Witness Account

of Hiroshima


Father John Seimes, S.J.

Father Maximillian Kolbe

Father Maximillian Kolbe & Thursday, August 9, 1945 at Nagasaki, Japan


Major Charles Sweeney

The Atomic Bomb - “Fat Man”

The Mushroom Cloud over Nagasaki after the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb - Fat Man

The Urukami Cathedral

Father Maximillian Kolbe

Clergy of the Franciscan Friary of Mugenzai no Sono at Nagasaki

Biblical Precedent:  Daniel 3:19-24; 3:91-96

Quotes on the Rosary

Historical Facts About the Rosary

For Those Who Think They Can Survive a Nucelar Bomb
Without Our Lady of Fatima's Protective Shield, Here are a Few Scientific Facts to Help Re-Think Such a Position!
Dr. Stephen Rinehart's Commentary on the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Blast





Background Data on the Bombs

The United States, in collaboration with the United Kingdom and Canada, with their respective secret projects Tube Alloys and Chalk River Laboratories, designed and built the first atomic bombs under what was called the Manhattan Project. The scientific research was directed by American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer.

The Hiroshima bomb, a gun-type bomb called “Little Boy”, was made with uranium-235, a rare isotope of uranium. The atomic bomb was first tested at Trinity Site, on July 16, 1945, near Alamogordo, New Mexico.

The test weapon, “the gadget,” and the Nagasaki bomb, “Fat Man,” were both implosion-type devices made primarily of plutonium-239, a synthetic element.

Choice of Targets

Between May 10 - 11, 1945, The Target Committee at Los Alamos, led by J. Robert Oppenheimer, recommended Kyoto, Hiroshima, Yokohama, and the arsenal at Kokura as possible targets. The target selection was subject to the following criteria:

1)  The target is larger than three miles in diameter and is an important target in a large urban area.

2)  The blast would create effective damage.

3)  The target is unlikely to be attacked by August 1945.

“Any small and strictly military objective should be located in a much larger area subject to blast damage in order to avoid undue risks of the weapon being lost due to bad placing of the bomb.”

These cities were largely untouched during the nightly bombing raids and the Army Air Force agreed to leave them off the target list so accurate assessment of the weapon could be made.

Hiroshima was described as:

“an important army depot and port of embarkation in the middle of an urban industrial area. It is a good radar target and it is such a size that a large part of the city could be extensively damaged. There are adjacent hills which are likely to produce a focussing effect which would considerably increase the blast damage. Due to rivers it is not a good incendiary target.”
The goal of the weapon was to convince Japan to surrender unconditionally in accordance with the terms of the Potsdam Declaration.

The Target Committee stated:

“It was agreed that psychological factors in the target selection were of great importance.  Two aspects of this are (1) obtaining the greatest psychological effect against Japan and (2) making the initial use sufficiently spectacular for the importance of the weapon to be internationally recognized when publicity on it is released. In this respect Kyoto has the advantage of the people being more highly intelligent and hence better able to appreciate the significance of the weapon.  Hiroshima’s - the advantage of being such a size and with possible focusing from nearby mountains that a large fraction of the city may be destroyed. The Emperor's palace in Tokyo has a greater fame than any other target but is of least strategic value.”
During World War II, Edwin O. Reischauer was the Japan expert for the US Army Intelligence Service, in which role he is incorrectly said to have prevented the bombing of Kyoto. In his autobiography, Reischauer specifically refuted the validity of this broadly-accepted claim:
“...the only person deserving credit for saving Kyoto from destruction is Henry L. Stimson, the Secretary of War at the time, who had known and admired Kyoto ever since his honeymoon there several decades earlier.”

The Bombing of Japan with Atomic Bombs

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima, Japan and Nagasaki, Japan were nuclear attacks near the end of World War II against the Empire of Japan by the United States as the result of the executive order of United States President Harry S. Truman on August 6, 1945 and August 9, 1945, respectively.

After six months of intense fire-bombing of 67 other Japanese cities, which was followed by an ultimatum which was ignored by the Sho-wa regime, the nuclear weapon “Little Boy” was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, Japan on Monday, August 6, 1945.

Three days later, this was followed on August 9 by the detonation of the “Fat Man” nuclear bomb over Nagasaki, Japan on Thursday, August 9, 1945.

These are the only attacks with nuclear weapons in the history of world warfare.

Was the Decision to Bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki Made Because they were Catholic?

The short answer, based on limited historical research, is NO!  Why?

It is true that most Catholics should be well aware that Canon Law forbids membership in the Freemasons - by whatever name(s) they use.  Various Popes have written against the evils of Freemasonry.  But one is left to wonder how many Catholics have ever read any of these things, or at least have ever had the opportunity to do so? (Some of this is available on the internet.)

Within this context of Freemasonry, some Catholics have pointed out that it is ironic how what supposedly were the two most Catholic cities in Japan were somehow deliberately chosen as targets for the atomic bombs! Why?

Speculation for this is based in part on the fact that the order for the bombing of Japan came in the form of the executive orders of United States President Harry S. Truman on August 6 and August 9, 1945, respectively.

While on the surface this bombing was to be done in order to “end the war” with Japan, some Catholics have claimed these two Catholic cities were deliberately chosen to be bombed, especially since President Truman was a Freemason!

A Freemasonic U.S. President

It is true that President Truman was a Freemason, but historical research indicates that the choosing of these two cities, only because they were Catholic, is not true.

First, some brief data upon which some Catholics claim “somehow” proves that President Truman deliberately choose these two cities because they had, supposedly, large Catholic populations.

Portrait of Truman
in Masonic Regelia

Photo of Truman
Wearing Masonic Regelia

President Truman and Other Freemasons
Masonic meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on February 2, 1955

President Truman with Earl Warren
Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
and Other Freemasons

Masonic Record of President Truman

He was initiated into Masonry on February 9, 1909, in Belton Lodge No. 450, at Belton, Missouri.

In 1911, several Members of Belton Lodge separated to establish Grandview Lodge No. 618, Grandview, Missouri.  Brother Truman served as its first Worshipful Master.

During the general election campaign, at the Annual Session of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, between September 24 - 25, 1940, Brother Truman was elected (by a landslide) the ninety-seventh Grand Master of Freemasons of Missouri, and served until October 1, 1941.

In November, 1940, Truman defeated Kansas City State Senator Manvel H. Davis by over 40,000 votes and retained his Senate seat.

Truman said later that the Masonic election assured his victory in the general election over State Senator Davis.

Brother and President Truman was made a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33rd Degree, and Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, on October 19, 1945, at the Supreme Council A.A.S.R. Southern Jurisdiction Headquarters in Washington D.C.  Upon this occasion he served as Exemplar (Representative) for his Class.

He was also elected an Honorary Grand Master of the International Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay.

On May 18, 1959, Brother and Former President Truman was presented with a fifty-year award, the only U.S. President to reach that golden anniversary in Freemasonry.

Other U.S. Presidents,
Before Truman,
Who Were Also Freemasons

(1) Washington, George
(3) Jefferson, Thomas
(4) Madison, James
(5) Monroe, James
(7) Jackson, Andrew
(11) Polk, James Knox
(15) Buchanan, James
(17) Johnson, Andrew
(20) Garfield, James Abram
(25) McKinley, William
(26) Roosevelt, Theodore
(27) Taft, William Howard
(29) Harding, Warren Gamaliel
(32)Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
(33) Truman, Harry S.

Why Hiroshima?

Some historical research indicates that Hiroshima was chosen as the primary target since it had remained largely untouched by bombing raids, and the bomb’s effects could be more clearly measured. While President Truman had hoped for a purely military target, some advisers believed that bombing an urban area might break the fighting will of the Japanese people.

Hiroshima was a major port and a military headquarters, and therefore a strategic target. Also, visual bombing, rather than radar, would be used so that photographs of the damage could be taken. Since Hiroshima had not been seriously harmed by bombing raids, these photographs could present a fairly clear picture of the bomb’s damage.

Nothing has been found thus far to indicate it was also chosen because of its Catholic population of about 200 people (Our Hiroshima mission counted only two hundred Catholics, about half of whom lived in the villages around the city.)

Why Kokura or Nagasaki?

For the record, historical research indicates that Major Charles Sweeney, the pilot who flew Bockscar, was prevented from dropping the atomic bomb on his primary target city which was Kokura.  This despite making three passes over Kokura.  Each pass of Kokura was unsuccessful.  What happened?

This is but one example of the many problems of this mission which had been originally scheduled for August 11, 1945.  This mission had to be rescheduled  to August 9 due to severe weather concerns.

Ironically, on August 9, when one would have expected all attention to be focused on the Kokura strike, yet still another ceremony took place to honor Tibbets and the crew of the Enola Gay  for their successful mission in bombing Hiroshima.

But the mission to bomb Kokura was to be anything but successful.  From the very beginning, there was some confusion.

For example:  Major Charles W. Sweeny was scheduled to command the mission in his plane The Great Artiste. But The Great Artiste was still outfitted with scientific gear left over from being the support plane for the Hiroshima  mission and there was no time left to outfit it to carry Fat Man. So Major Sweeney and his crew took over Captain Frederick C. Bock, Jr.’s plane Bockscar, while Bock’s crew switched to The Great Artiste.

A weather problem had also developed.  It was a typhoon which was threatening Iwo Jima, which was the mission rendezvous point. Yakushima, off the Kyushu coast, then became the new rendezvous point.  Four B-29’s were deployed as rescue planes in case crews needed to ditch over water.

But, just before Major Charles Sweeney, the pilot who was about to fly Bockscar, was to take off from Tinian island, flight engineer Master Sergeant John D. Kuharek discovered that one of the fuel pumps was not operating.  This problem effectively cut Bockscar’s fuel supply by 640 gallons. This could jeopardize a safe return and under other circumstances would have meant canceling the mission. But, to convince the Japanese that Hiroshima was not a one-time occurrence, it was decided to proceed.

Fat Man was aptly named. Bockscar was overloaded by the heavy bomb. The plane lumbered down the runway. Everyone on Tinian had seen B-29’s overloaded with mines and explosives crash and explode at the end of the runway when just one engine failed. The crew must have had this on their minds. Finally, at 1:56 a.m. on Thursday, August 9, 1945, with scant yards of runway left, Bockscar lifted off, to the relief of many.

Dr. Robert Serber, Los Alamos physicist and J. Robert Oppenheimer’s right hand man (Serber briefed physicists of the Manhattan Project on how to build an atomic bomb), was assigned as the mission’s high-speed camera specialist. He was supposed to be in Major James T. Hopkins’s support plane The Big Stink, but was scratched from the mission because he had forgotten his parachute. Radio silence had to be broken to instruct Hopkins on how to operate the camera.

While the two weather planes, Up an’ Atom and Laggin’ Dragon, were reporting favorable conditions over both Kokura and Nagasaki, Bockscar was the scene of a heart-stopping discovery! The red arming light on the black box connected to Fat Man was lit!  This indicated that the firing circuit had closed.  Half an hour later, weaponeer Captain Frederick L. Ashworth and his assistant 2nd  Lieutenant Phillip M. Barnes had isolated the failed switch that had caused the malfunction and corrected the problem.

Bockscar and The Great Artiste held their pre-planned rendezvous at Yakushima and waited for Major James T. Hopkins’s support plane The Big Stink.   Captain Frederick C. Bock, Jr., aboard The Great Artiste, caught a glimpse of The Big Stink, but Major Charles Sweeney, in Bockscar, never saw The Big Stink and circled the area for forty minutes, wasting yet more precious fuel, before finally taking off for Kokura.

Major Charles Sweeney and his crew were under orders to only bomb visually. When they got to Kokura they found that haze and smoke were obscuring the city as well as the large ammunition arsenal that was the reason for targeting this city.

They made three unsuccessful passes, wasting more fuel, while anti-aircraft fire zeroed in on them and Japanese fighter planes began to climb towards them. The B-29’s broke off and headed for Nagasaki. The phrase Kokura’s Luck was coined in Japan to describe escaping a terrible occurrence without being aware of the danger and possible catastrophy.

In other words, the Japanese almost shot down Bockscar piloted by Major Charles Sweeney!  IF that had happened, Fat Man would most probably have exploded on impact when it hit the ground, and Kokura would have been destroyed instead of Nagasaki!

But, here again, no solid evidence has been found thus far to indicate Nagasaki was also chosen as a target because of its huge Catholic population.  Although research indicates it is the most Catholic of all of the cities in Japan, statistics have not yet been found for its actual Catholic population in 1945, the year the bomb hit.  According to 2002 statitics, Roman Catholics were only a small 04.52 percent of the total population of the Nagasaki area - certainly nothing even remotely close to the over 75% of the total population which some sources would have one believe!

Historically, even though Roman Catholic missions were established there as early as the 16th century, Religious persecutions drove them underground into the catacombs and greatly discouraged others from converting to the Catholic Faith. This persecution included, but was not limited to, being forced to step on - fumi-e - "trample pictures" of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the Holy Saints to prove that they were non-Catholic.  Those Catholics who refused to deny their Catholic Faith were executed - thus becoming martyrs for the Catholic Faith.

It should also be noted that historical research indicates that Nagasaki was not the primary target for Major Charles Sweeney, the pilot who flew Bockscar from which the Fat Man atomic bomb was to be dropped.  Rather, the primary target was Kokura.

Monday, August 6, 1945 at Hiroshima, Japan

Enola Gay
The B-29 Superfortress Bomber
That Dropped the First Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, Japan

1. Enola Gay was built by the Glenn L. Martin Company at its Bellevue, Nebraska, plant at what is now known as Offutt Air Force Base and was personally selected by Colonel Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr. (later promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 1959; retired from the U.S. Air Force on August 31, 1966.), Commander of the 509th Composite Group, on May 9, 1945 while still on the assembly line. This would be the B-29 that he would use to fly the atomic bomb mission against Hiroshima.

Colonel Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr.
Waving from Enola Gay’s Cockpit
Before Taking off for the Bombing of Hiroshima.

2.  The Enola Gay was the B-29 Superfortress bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb, code-named “Little Boy”, to be used in war, by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in the attack on Hiroshima, Japan on Monday, August 6, 1945, just before the end of World War II.  This bomber was one of 15 B-29’s with the "Silverplate" modifications necessary to deliver atomic weapons.

Colonel Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr.
Promoted to Rank of Brigadier General in 1959
[b. at Quincy, Illinois on February 23, 1915 - d. at Columbus, Ohio on November 1, 2007]

3.  On Sunday, August 5, 1945, during preparation for the first atomic mission, pilot Colonel Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., who assumed command of the aircraft, renamed the B-29 after his Mother, Enola Gay Tibbets [b. 1893 - d. 1983], who had been named for the heroine of a novel.

According to Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts, regularly assigned aircraft commander Robert Lewis was unhappy to be displaced by Tibbets for this important mission, and became furious when he arrived at the aircraft on the morning of Monday, August 6, 1945 to see it painted with the now-famous nose art.

Tibbets himself, interviewed on Tinian later that day by war correspondents, confessed that he was a bit embarrassed at having attached his Mother’s name to such a fateful mission. Because of the bomber's role in the atomic bombings of Japan, its name has become synonymous with the controversy over the bombings themselves.

Take Off From
the West Air Field on the Island of Tinian

4.  On the Feast Day of the Transfiguration, Monday, August 6, 1945, at 2:45 a.m., a B-29 bomber, called the “Enola Gay”, took off from the island of Tinian, (14?59’51” North, 145?37’39” East), in order to drop the first atomic bomb on Japan. Before WWII, the island of Tinian was primarily a large sugar plantation island which composes one of the three principal islands of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.

5.  The Enola Gay was accompanied by two other B-29’s, Necessary Evil which was used as a camera plane to photograph the explosion and effects of the bomb and carry scientific observers, and The Great Artiste which was the blast measurement instrumentation aircraft.

The Atomic Bomb - “Little Boy”

The Mushroom Cloud over Hiroshima
after the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb - Little Boy

The Cloud Rose to over 60,000 Feet in about Ten Minutes

6. The atomic bomb, “Little Boy”, was detonated approximately one thousand meters above the city of Hiroshima, Japan at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, August 6, 1945.

7.  It was not as powerful as the atomic bomb, “Fat Man”,  that the United States dropped three days later on Nagasaki, Japan on Thursday, August 9, 1945.

Hiroshima - 3 Hours After the Bomb Hit

Destructive Aftermath of the Bomb

The Hypocenter - Shima Hospital
Front Entrance to Shima Hospital
All of the 75 people in the Building at the Time were Killed

8.  The Shima Hospital was at the epicenter - called the "hypocenter" - of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, Little Boy.

9.  It has been speculated that the Shima Hospital was a “front” that was used to disguise its real purpose which apparently was to protect key Japanese, and perhaps some key German, personnel because, in the later stages of the war effort, the Japanese used hospitals to house both military and engineering personnel after  relocating the patients to other small “clinics” in an effort to spread them out so this procedure would not be so noticeable. In addition, the military personnel and engineers probably wore white uniforms to make it appear that they were medical personnel.

10.  The bomb exploded eight city blocks from the Jesuit Church of Our Lady’s Assumption in Hiroshima.

11. The force of such a bomb would liquidate anything in the radius of one kilometer and kill everything in a radius of ten to fifteen kilometers.

12.  For a radius of ten kilometers, buildings were entirely leveled.

13.  One of the few surviving structures was the Jesuit Rectory, next door to the Jesuit Roman Catholic Church dedicated to “Our Lady of the Assumption.”  But it was the only surviving structure which was not made of heavily re-enforced concrete.  All other wooden structures, except for this house, were destroyed.  A community of four Jesuit Priests lived in this Rectory.   They were missionaries to the Japanese people and were non-military.  But because Germany and Japan were allies during WWII, they were permitted to live and minister within Japan during the war.

14.  The four Jesuit Priests had been sent to Hiroshima in the 1920’s and had been living in this Rectory, performing their Priestly Missionary duties and had also been "living" the Fatima Message - which is God's Peace Plan.  The Priests claimed this is the only reason why they, and the Rectory, miraculously survived a detonation the equivalent of 20,000 tons of TNT because all other wooden buildings were leveled to the ground, possibly at three times the distance from the hypocenter.  Yet this wooden house withstood the blast, but with some damage, although apparently some of the windows had even remained intact!

Apparently this is the Jesuit Church
dedicated to “Our Lady of the Assumption”?

Please Note Four People Wearing Black Clothing to the Right of the Church
It Looks Like they are Wearing Black Cassocks?
If so, these are either the Four Jesuit Priests who Survived the Atomic Bomb,
or Some of the Jesuit Priests who had come to Rescue Them?

15.  Their Monastery/Rectory was located just eight blocks away from the center of the devastation, (not ground zero because the atomic  bomb detonated in the air). The Church was heavily damaged, but the Rectory survived, and so did the four German missionaries who prayed the Rosary in that house faithfully every day.

16.  Four Jesuit Priests stationed there survived the searing hurricane of blast and gamma rays during the atomic bomb explosion.  These four Priests were:

Father Hugo Lassalle, S.J.
[b. in Germany in 1898 - d. 1990]
Superior of the Rectory and Church

a)  the Superior, Father Hugo Lassalle, S.J.

Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, S.J.
[b. in Germany in 1907  - d. on November 17, 1977]

b)  Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, S.J.

(Photo Not Available)
c)  Father Hubert Cieslik, S.J.

d)  Father Hubert Schiffer, S.J.

Father Schiffer, S.J. could not understand how, IF not through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima because of their daily recitation of the Holy Rosary and living the Message of Fatima, a.k.a. God's Peace Plan, they could have survived the extreme temperatures and pressure surges produced by the Atom bomb, let alone the radiation.

17.  The facts are evident, the building remained standing, surviving the terrible bomb blast.

18.  Over the next 30 years, Father Hubert Schiffer was examined about 200 times for radiation exposure - he had none!

19.  These four Jesuit Priests survived a nuclear blast that killed almost all other people even at over ten times the distance from the blast.  This is absolutely unexplainable by scientific means.  Almost all other people, even at 3 times the distance from the explosion, died instantly.  Those within a radius TEN times the distance at which the Jesuits were exposed, died from radiation poisoning within days.  Half a million people were annihilated.

20.  All four members of the small Jesuit community escaped alive!

21.  Most of the City of Hiroshima was obliterated.

22.  Nine days later, on the Feast Day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, Wednesday, August 15, 1945, the military of the United States in that region were ordered to cease fire.

23.  From a pool of survivors of a fifteen-kilometer radius, the Jesuits were the only people who, after fifteen years, were still alive. All the rest had died due to radiation exposure.

24.  At the time of the detonation and radiation fall-out, the Jesuits converted their Novitiate at Nagatsuka, a suburb by the mountains near Hiroshima, into a makeshift hospital and managed to care for two hundred severely burnt and scarred people.

25.  The Jesuits repeated the affirmation that they recited the Holy Rosary daily, to live up to the Message of Fatima, a.k.a. God's Peace Plan.  The Jesuits said:

"We believe that we survived because we were living the Message of Fatima. We lived and prayed the Rosary daily in that Rectory."

Father Arrupe, S.J.

26. Father Arrupe, S.J. [b. in the Basque country of Northern Spain on November 14, 1907 A.D. - d. at Rome, Italy on February 5, 1991].  He was the director for a group of Jesuit Novices living at Nagatsuka which was on the far outskirts of Hiroshima when the atomic bomb fell in 1945. As a physician of both body and soul he led the first rescue party to enter the devastation, building a makeshift hospital and utilizing his medical skills to serve the wounded and the dying.

Father Arrupe, S.J. had joined the Society of Jesus in 1927. Because of the order of expulsion by the Republican government of Spain at the time, all Jesuits were sent into exile. Accordingly, he pursued his philosophical and theological studies in Belgium and IN the Netherlands. He was Ordained a Priest in 1936 and was sent to the United States for his doctoral studies in medical ethics.  He was unexpectedly sent as a Missionary to Japan in 1939.

27.  He was appointed a Superior and Master of Novices in Japan in 1942 and was living at the Novitiate in Nagatsuka, a far out suburban area of Hiroshima, when the atomic bomb fell on August of 1945. He described that event as:

"a permanent experience outside of history, engraved on my memory."
28.  He was eventually appointed the Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in the Japanese province.

29.  At the 31st General Congregation of the Society of Jesus in 1965, he was elected to be the Order's 28th Superior General. He served in that position from 1965 to 1981.

Father Hubert Schiffer, S.J.
The Protective Shield of Our Lady of Fatima

1.  Father Hubert Schiffer, who was born in Germany in 1915, was one of the total of four Jesuit Priests who survived the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

2.  He was only eight blocks away from ground zero when the explosion occurred.

3.  Father Hubert Shiffer was 30 when the atomic bomb exploded at Hiroshima.  He lived another 33 years in good health.

4.  Father Shiffer recounted his experiences at Hiroshima during the Eucharistic Congress held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1976. At that time, all four members of the Jesuit Rectory were still living.

Father Paul Ruge, O.F.M.I.

5. Father Shiffer also recounted his experiences at Hiroshima to Father Paul Ruge, O.F.M.I..  Father Ruge has said that he met Father Schiffer sometime in the late 1970’s at the Tri-City Airport in Saginaw, Michigan when Father Shiffer was going to give a talk at the Blue Army Novena/Triduum. As he chauffeured Father Shiffer around, Father Shiffer told him stories about his life, especially about the atomic explosion at Hiroshima.

6.  Here is a brief summary of Father Hubert Schiffer’s amazing experiences at Hiroshima, Japan as he recounted them to Father Paul Ruge, O.F.M.I.:

 a.  On the Feast Day of the Transfiguration, Monday, August 6, 1945, Father Hubert Shiffer had offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Church which was dedicated to “Our Lady of the Assumption.”

 b.  After Mass, Father Shiffer went to the Rectory which was next to the Church.  He went into the kitchen and sat down at the breakfast table.  He had sliced a grapefruit and had just put his spoon into the grapefruit when there was a bright flash of light. His first thought was that it was an explosion in the harbor because it was a major port where the Japanese refueled their submarines.

 c.  Father Shiffer is quoted as saying:

“Suddenly, a terrific explosion filled the air with one bursting thunderstroke. An invisible force lifted me from the chair, hurled me through the air, shook me, battered me, whirled me 'round and 'round like a leaf in a gust of autumn wind.”
 d.  The next thing he remembered, he opened his eyes and he was laying on the ground. He looked around and there was nothing in any direction.  The railroad station and the buildings in all directions were leveled to the ground.

 e.  The only physical harm to himself was that he could feel a few pieces of glass in the back of his neck.

 f.  As far as he could tell, there was nothing else physically wrong with him although many thousands were killed or maimed by the explosion.

g.  After the conquest by the Americans, the American army doctors and scientists explained to him that his body would begin to deteriorate because of the radiation. Many of the Japanese people had blisters and sores from the radiation.  But, to the doctors amazement, Father Schiffer's body contained no radiation or ill-effects from the Atom bomb.

 h.  Speaking on American TV, the German Jesuit Priest, Father Hubert Schiffer, S.J., explained whey he felt that he received a protective shield from Our Blessed Mother which protected him from all radiation and ill-effects.  Father Schiffer attributed this to his devotion to the Blessed Mother and to his daily Rosary and to living the Message of Fatima, a.k.a. God's Peace Plan, which Our Lady of Fatima gave to Catholics:

  "In that house, the Rosary was recited together every day. In that house we were living the Message of Fatima".

Editor's Note
Part of the Message of Fatima, a.k.a. God's Peace Plan, includes the wearing of the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

BECAUSE of the obvious fact that Our Lady of Mount Carmel put a protective shield around the four Jesuit Priests and their Rectory House at Hiroshima, Japan on Monday, August 6, 1945 to protect them from death, and - to varying degrees - from injury, I was guided by Our Lady to pray everyday that she would continue to keep her protective shield of TOTAL protection - i.e. her mantle of protection - around me and for those whom I include in my brief prayer to her.

Therefore, I personally suggest, and strongly recommend, the following DAILY devotion - something I have been doing for so many, many years that I no longer remember when I began this devotion, concerning which I can say in Truth - without any reservations of whatsoever kind in whatsoever way - it is "ironclad" no exceptions under any circumstances! - that Our Lady of Mount Carmel has protected me every day from a variety of accidents and injuries, some minor, but some very major, not to mention various "evil people", etc., etc.!

One of the first things I do in the morning, after arising, is to kiss the cloth Brown Scapular I am wearing (I wear it while I am sleeping as well as during the entire day) and say:

Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, please continue to continuously keep thy mantle of protection around me and my family and my parishioners today and tonight and for the rest of our entire lives,  Protect all of us from all harm of whatsoever kind in whatsoever way, including from all evil people, from all accidents and injuries, and everyone and everything that would harm us in any way.  Amen.
I also suggest that you include all of your family members as well.  Husbands, include your Wife and Children;  Wives, include your Husband and Children.

From my own personal experiences over the many, many years I have been doing this, I can attest to the fact that THIS WORKS!!!  Because Our Blessed Mother is the Spiritual Mother of EACH of us, it will "work" for you, too!  But it is necessary to do it DAILY, at least once a day!  I do it several times throughout the day, and even at night when I wake up.

Despite the wrong information of some Clergy, and definitely of certain Protestant Ministers (for those of you who watch them on TV), who claim you do not have to "repeat" your prayers, on the contrary, we must all believe Jesus Christ Who teaches us that:

“The Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear it away” (Matthew 11:12).
As some of the classical authors of the Spiritual Life teach-do not give them any peace!  Persistent patience, fortitude, and belief gets us what we need.

To Have It, You Must First Ask for It,
But Ask for What is Good and You Will Receive It

"You have not, because you ask not.  You ask, and receive not; because you ask amiss:  that you may consume it on your concupiscences" (James 4:23).

Ask God for Your Daily Bread, i.e. Your Daily Needs

"And it came to pass, that as he was in a certain place praying, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him:  Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.  And He said to them:  When you pray, say:  Father, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come. Give us this day our daily bread" (Luke 11:1-3).

God Expects Us, and even Requires Us, to be Persistent in Asking for Good Things
God ignores those who want Him to send us away before He grants our petitions
God Delights in Our Constancy and in Our Persistency and Fortitude in asking Him

"And Jesus went from thence, and retired into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.  And behold a woman of Canaan who came out of those coasts, crying out, said to him:  Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David:  my daughter is grieviously troubled by the devil. Who answered her not a word.  And his disciples came and besought him, saying:  Send her away, for she crieth after us: And he answering, said:  I was not sent but to the sheep that are lost of the house of Israel.  But she came and adored him, saying:  Lord, help me.  Who answering, said:  It is not good to take the bread of the children, and to cast it to the dogs.  But she said:  Yea, Lord; for the whelps also eat of the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters.  Then Jesus answering, said to her:  O woman, great is thy faith:  be it done to thee as thou wilt:  and her daughter was cured from that hour" (Matthew 15:21-28).

The Good Thief Got Much More than That for Which He Asked!!!

"And he said to Jesus:  Lord, remember me when thou shalt come into thy kingdom.  And Jesus said to him:  Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with Me in paradise" (Luke 23:42-43).

God Requires Us to Give Him No Rest, to Never Give up Praying for What We Need!  Why?

Because Christ Himself teaches us:

“The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear it away” (Matthew 11:12).
Persistent Fortitude, Coupled with Belief, Gets Us the Good Things We Need:

"And in all things whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive. (Matthew 21:22).

Further Proof  for "repeating" one's prayers is to be found in the Holy Rosary which the Queen of the Holy Rosary gave to Saint Dominic and which DAILY Rosary is part of the Message of Fatima, a.k.a. God's Peace PlanThe DAILY Rosary, which is a vital part of God's Peace Plan - primarily consists of five decades of ten Hail Mary's!  By the time a person finishes one Rosary, that person has devoutly and reverently recited the Hail Mary a total of 53 times!

Yes, repetition of prayers is necessary!  Do not let anyone mislead you otherwise with their errors!

Convincing Proof for even the most stubborn skeptic for this fact is to be found in what Our Lady of Fatima told Lucia during her Apparition at Fatima on Sunday, May 13, 1917:
Lucia asked:

"And Francisco? Will he go to Heaven too?”
Our Lady said:
"Yes, but first he must say MANY rosaries.”
People who are lazy or slothful and/or who are suffering from acute acedia, and/or who refuse to "work" towards their own salvation, will reap the harvest they have sown!  A word to the wise is sufficient!
Maria locuta; causa finita - Mary has spoken; the case is closed!
Father Hubert Schiffer's Written Account
Plus: The Protective Shield of Our Lady of Fatima

Excerpts from
The Rosary of Hiroshima
Father Hubert F. Schiffer, S.J.

Within a short time the mystical Christ,
who has been recrucified in the West,
will take His bleeding hands to the Japanese,
who will lay their lotus flowers upon them
to change the wounds of hate into the scars of love.
Most Rev. Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

Imprimi Potest: JOHN J. MCMAHON, S.J., Provincial
Nihil Obstat:  MARTIN A. MARTIN, Censor Librorum
Imprimatur: + CHRISTOPHER J. WELDON, Bishop of Springfield, August 8, 1953


O MY God, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary (here kiss your Brown Scapular*) I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus from all the Altars throughout the world, joining with It the offering of my every thought, word and action of this day.

O my Jesus, I desire today to gain every indulgence and merit I can and I offer them, together with myself, to Mary Immaculate... that she may best apply them to the interests of Thy most Sacred Heart.

Precious Blood of Jesus, Save us!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us!
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us!

(Plenary indulgence under the usual conditions once a day.
*500 days indulgence)

This offering is said... each morning... to fulfill the request of Our Lady of Fatima for the sanctification of daily duties as a condition for the conversion of Russia.


When Our Blessed Mother appeared at Fatima, she solemnly declared:

“If my requests for prayer and penance are granted, Russia will be converted and there will be peace in the world. If they are not, Russia will spread its errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions; many good people will be martyred; many nations will be annihilated... but, finally, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
The explosion of the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima has initiated a new era. In one frightful second a proud city of half a million souls was wiped out from the face of the earth. Nothing remained but an “atomic desert,” and the word “Hiroshima” became a symbol of total destruction.

To be a survivor of the first atomic bomb in human history, and to have felt its tremendous concussion within the most deadly one-mile radius, gives me the - Page 5 - not enviable “advantage” of first-hand experience. Experts have told me that I “ought to be dead.” The experts were almost right, for my fellow Jesuits carried me out of the burning city “for a decent Christian funeral.”

The atom bomb has not only brought total destruction, but it may well bring a continuing threat and terror upon mankind, a spiritually dividing effect worse than the physical destruction. We all, living in this atomic age, have the responsibility to do something about it. We all want to promote a real peace. But is there a remedy?

We survivors of Hiroshima bring you a message:  the bells of St. Mary's at Hiroshima ring a message of faith, and of hope.

Atom-bombed Hiroshima’s answer to Our Lady's plea is a crusade of prayer. The fifteen stained glass windows of the Memorial Shrine will show the mysteries of the rosary, the prayer which daily unites millions of hearts all over the world.

Do you know anything more moving than a five-year-old laying his little hand into yours and going with you, his eyes shining with confidence in your goodness? We adults have too often forgotten that God is our Creator and Father. We prefer to go our own ways instead of accepting God’s guidance. And  - Page 6 -  then, we run into trouble. We then have to solve “the problem of the atom bomb.”

How would you feel as a human father if your children would whisper or chatter together and then look into every corner for a “solution” to their difficulties without ever coming to tell you about them?


We all need and desperately want world-peace. And what do we do to attain it? International conferences, economic measures, defense production, civil defense training. We do almost everything we can think of, except the most important thing: PRAYER.

Prayer is more powerful than the atom bomb. It promotes and deepens the spirit of human brotherhood. Americans and Japanese, Germans and French, Chinese and British, Buddhists and Christians-they all need to realize that God is our common Creator and Father....

The Shrine for World-Peace in the heart of Hiroshima stands as a symbol of this unity. Let us hope that the children who are now playing in its shadow will grow up into a world of peace which we have prepared for them. There in Hiroshima, Americans and Japanese, pilgrims from Australia and Korea, Italy and Canada are kneeling side by side  - Page 7 -  praying together for peace. This common prayer will reflect itself in common work for peace.

But this is only a beginning. Our atomic age will not be safe as long as prayers are said only at Hiroshima. Not even the prayers there continued day and night, will help you if you don’t pray, too.

What we need today is a Crusade of Prayer, the spirit of prayer everywhere, a renewal of our deepest trust and confidence in God’s providence.

Our Blessed Mother promised that when we heeded her plea for prayer and Christian action, the world would have peace. We may feel that our humble efforts cannot have such a tremendous effect upon the world, but let us think for a moment about the power of a river, sweeping everything before it. That river is made up of tiny drops of water, and because numberless tiny drops of rain have fallen into it, the river has become a force that carries heavy ships and changes deserts into fruitful farms and gardens.

So, too, will the Perpetual Rosary Crusade - the recitation of the rosary for peace by countless persons all over the world - become an immense and irresistible spiritual force for peace. In this universe there is nothing else that forms a common ground for the peoples of the world except the love of God, charity, - Page 8 - and the spirit of prayer. Our Blessed Mother’s rosary is a bond which unites the heart strings of the world.

We of Hiroshima invite you to join a worldwide Crusade of Prayer for peace, combining all our prayers with the powerful prayers of Christ’s Mother in Heaven. Is there a motherly heart on earth that does not yearn for peace? How, then, could our Blessed Mother in Heaven reject the plea of her children in every country imploring her loving heart to pray and work with us for world peace?

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen said in one of his radio addresses:

Fatima is not a warning - it is a hope! While man lifts the little atom which he splits to annihilate a world, Mary swings the sun like a trinket on her wrist to convince the world that God has given her the greater power over nature, not for death, but for light and life and hope... There need not be World War III and there will not be one if we set the Woman against the Atom.

At 2:45 a.m. on August 6th, 1945, a B-29 took off from the island of Tinian to drop the first atomic bomb on Japan. Over Iwo Jima it met with an in-  - Page 9 -  strument plane and a photography ship. Three weather planes had taken off an hour ahead to scout the sky over three Japanese cities chosen as possible targets: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Kokura.

The big flight was on. Soon the first A-bomb would explode only eight city blocks from the Jesuit Church of Our Lady’s Assumption where I was stationed in Hiroshima.

The bomb exploded over the city at 8:15 a.m. in the morning. It came as a complete surprise, out of a blue and sunny sky. Suddenly, between one breath and another, in the twinkling of an eye, an unearthly, unbearable brightness was all around me; a light unimaginably brilliant, blinding, intense. I could not see, or think. For one short moment everything was at a standstill. I was left alone swimming in this ocean of light, helpless-and frightened. The room seemed to catch its breath in deadly silence.

Suddenly, a terrific explosion filled the air with one bursting thunderstroke. An invisible force lifted me from the chair, hurled me through the air, shook me, battered me, whirled me ‘round and ‘round like a leaf in a gust of Autumn wind.

(Up in the air, the B-29's co-pilot scribbled in his log:

 “The flash was terrific. About 25 seconds after the flash we felt two very distinct slaps on the ship. - Page 10 -  We then turned the ship so that we could observe the results, and there in front of our eyes was without a doubt the greatest explosion man has ever witnessed: the city was nine-tenths covered with smoke of a boiling nature, which seemed to indicate buildings blowing up, and a large column of white cloud which in less than three minutes reached 30,000 feet and then went to at least 50 - 60,000 feet. I am certain the entire crew felt that this experience was more terrifying than any human being had ever thought possible. It seemed impossible to comprehend. Just how many Japanese did we kill? I honestly have the feeling of groping for words to explain this, or I might say ‘My God! What have we done?  If I live a hundred years, I’ll never quite get these few minutes out of my mind.”)
The light was suddenly gone. All was darkness, silence, nothingness. I was not unconscious, because I was trying to think what was happening. I felt with my fingers in the total blackness enveloping me. I was lying with my face down on broken and splintered pieces of wood, some heavy load pressed on my back, blood was running down my face. I could see nothing, hear no sound. I must be dead I thought.

Then I heard my own voice. That was the most - Page 11 - frightening experience of all, because it showed me I was still alive, and convinced me that some horrible catastrophe had occurred.

An explosion?
Heavens, that was a BOMB! A direct hit!

It took only a second: a flash-fearfully frightening-and Hiroshima, home of half a million people, was wiped off the earth. What was left was only darkness, blood, burns, moans, fire and spreading terror.

Four Jesuit Priests were stationed at the church of Our Lady’s Assumption:  Father Hugo Lassalle, Superior of the whole Jesuit Mission in Japan, and Fathers Kleinsorge, Cieslik, and Schiffer. We spent the whole day in an inferno of flames and smoke before a rescue party was able to reach us. All four were wounded, but through the grace of God we survived.

Nine days later peace came. It was August 15, the feast of our Blessed Mother’s Assumption.

On the other side of the world more than a year later occurred a series of events which on the surface appeared to have no connection, but which have since proved to be the most powerful single force in preventing a repetition of the horrible experience of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. - Page 12 -

In Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.A., a Priest had just finished offering a Requiem Mass when he collapsed at the foot of the Altar, the victim of an extremely serious heart attack.

Doctors gave him only a few weeks to live. But the Priest, Rev. Harold V. Colgan, Pastor of St. Mary’s Church, Plainfield, completely startled the doctors a few days later when he walked from the hospital a completely cured man, in response to his fervent prayers to the Mother of God.

He promised the Blessed Virgin Mary that if she would obtain from God his complete cure, he would spend the rest of his life spreading devotion to her.

He has fulfilled this pledge by starting the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, which has spread to some 25 million persons in 57 nations of the world...

Recognizing that prayer is more powerful than the atom bomb, Father Colgan, who has since been elevated to the rank of Right Reverend Monsignor, thoroughly studied the requests of Our Lady of Fatima and then insisted that each of her requests be fulfilled...


Since the seventeenth century, Japan had chosen to shut out Christianity from her islands. Before the atom bomb, in 1945, there were hundreds of Buddhist temples and many Buddhist monasteries in Hiroshima. Most of the people had no knowledge of, or interest in, the Christian faith. Many were openly hostile. Our Hiroshima mission counted only two hundred Catholics, about half of whom lived in the villages around the city.

St. Francis Xavier landed in Japan on August 15, 1549, the feast of Our Lady’s glorious Assumption. Soon hundreds of thousands were baptized, including feudal lords, samurais, and many Buddhist bonzes. Letters of the first Jesuit missionaries show time and again how these Japanese converts combined deep understanding of Christ’s Passion with reverence for His Mother, and how they loved to say the rosary.  - Page 14 -

Xavier had reason to be proud of his converts:

 “Among all the nations of the Far East that I know, the Japanese are best disposed towards our Christian way of life.”

Three hundred years of cruel persecution could not completely destroy the seeds Xavier had planted. All the early Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries were killed, every known Christian was martyred. But seven generations later, when missionaries were able to return to Japan, they found over 60,000 Catholics hidden in the mountains or in small fishing villages. They still sang the Ave Maria in Latin! They still practiced the daily recitation of the Rosary.

Not only that, they tested the true faith of the new missionary...

Only then did they tell him:

 “Father, our hearts are the same as yours. We have kept the faith of our fathers.”


There can hardly be a doubt but that much abrupt goodwill has been built up by the quiet example of  - Page 15 - Christian charity during the tragic weeks after the bombing. The Jesuit Novitiate in the northern outskirts of Hiroshima became a center for medical first aid and all kinds of assistance.

The people will never forget the heroic sacrifices of the Helpers of the Holy Souls. When the whole world seemed to collapse, the Sisters who had lost their convent and all their belongings worked untiringly to help the wounded. And when kind G. I.’s volunteered to build a small convent for the Sisters, they immediately opened a kindergarten and a day nursery to help the poor mothers in the neighborhood.

In 1947, Japanese Sisters were called to Hiroshima to open an orphanage. There was a crying need for such a home for thousands of children were wandering around homeless. They slept in holes, under bridges, or in empty freight cars. Unkempt, unwashed, full of lice and clothed in rags, they looked and acted like alley cats. Stealing food was the only way to survive, and they banded together to still their continuous hunger. Officials did not know what to do. The few existing institutions were by far not sufficient to take care of so many thousands.

After my recovery from near-death under the atom bomb, I was commissioned by Father Lassalle to begin negotiations with State and City officials about - Page 16 - the possibilities of opening a house for these children. All we had at that time was hope; there was no house available, no personnel, no money.

Then came Mother Elizabeth. She was a tiny, smiling and untiring Japanese nun from Beppu’s “Garden of Light” who had promised to help us build a children’s home. Mother Elizabeth is a convert. Over a quarter of a century ago she renounced the Shinto religion to become a follower of Christ, whose Sacred Heart is her greatest love. For fifteen years she begged her parents for permission to become a Catholic before they finally heeded her pleas. The daughter of a well-to-do Tokyo family, Mother Elizabeth gave up a life of ease and comfort to bring happiness to Japan’s homeless children. Her grandfather was a Shinto priest and her father, a doctor. A brother, Mikihiko Nagata, is author of the bestseller Father of the Emperor. A brother-in-law was, for many years, physician to the Imperial family, but recently resigned because of his age.

When Australian troops stationed near Hiroshima heard about our plans, they started a “Christmas raffle” and within a few weeks these great-hearted men, led by their chaplains, “chipped in” so that the Christ Child had a present of four thousand dollars for His tiny Hiroshima orphans. The Mitsubishi  - Page 17 - factory offered to sell a large two-story building for the reduced price of $4,000. American G.I.’s meanwhile helped the orphans in their areas with the result that the Japanese more and more admired these kindhearted ambassadors of good will. The Japanese doctors - Buddhists, but with all the universal charity of their profession - donated their time for physical check-ups and attendance to sick children. Buddhist temples took up collections of food and mothers from the neighborhood came with tears in their eyes to offer used clothing.

It was in December of 1947, that the Hiroshima “Garden of Light” began shedding its beams of compassion on homeless children.

I will never forget the day when we brought the first group of twelve small children into the old factory. It was a cold afternoon, and we had neither glass nor boards to cover the bombed out windows. The children apparently didn’t mind these minor details, they were used to living and sleeping under the open sky; they played in and around the house and were quite happy. In the evening, we squatted in a large circle on the floor and had our family meal. Then Mother Elizabeth began to tell a long bed-time story.

Day after day, the Sisters brought more children - Page 18 - in. Many of them were sick and had stomach trouble. Soon we had to go begging for more food and blankets. Since food was strictly rationed for everybody including missionaries and Sisters and was far not enough, anybody who gave food made a personal sacrifice and had to fast so much the more for it.

And there were other problems. Every drop of water needed in the house had to be carried a distance of several hundred yards. The water carrying became especially trying on cold winter mornings, and during the rainy season. It was six months before we had enough money to dig our own well, and the cost was only Thirty-Five Dollars. That amount was akin to a small fortune in the bombed-out city, however.

For many months everyone slept on the floor, because we had no beds. Imagine a house without windows, running water or food. We had to live from hand to mouth literally. Our flock of twelve orphans began to grow to fifty. For many pioneering months we didn’t need a pantry as there was nothing to put in one. We didn’t even have a kitchen. The cooking was done in our back yard in the open, with an umbrella over the cook when needed. Army blankets served as overcoats.

It was a hard time, but a happy one.. Surrounded with loving care, the little ones were forgetting the - Page 19 - terror of the long years of war and the horrible aftermath of the dropping of the atom bomb on the city. What we could offer the children was only a roof over their heads, and love. Fortunately, the children liked the “Garden of Light” and called it “home.”

The work grew so, and the need was so self-evident, that Mayor Hamai offered the Sisters eight thousand square yards of land if they would open another institution in downtown Hiroshima. The Japanese government appropriated seventy-five percent of the necessary funds for building a new structure, practically designed to be extended into a children’s hospital in the near future-and soon the new building went up.

Others may term these unfortunate children orphans. Mother Elizabeth will have none of this. These are her children, and she is their mother-in name-and deed-and love. The children share Mother Elizabeth’s distaste for the word “orphan.” In fact, most of them do not even recognize it as a word that means themselves. Once some of them saw a motion picture about other war orphans. After the show they begged Mother to bring the poor unfortunate orphans to their home where they could have a real mother. All this is such joy to the Sisters - Page 20 - that they are reluctant to speak of the tremendous amount of hard work. But they are not reluctant to work...


The feast of our Blessed Mother’s Assumption into Heaven has twice already marked a most important progress in the 400-year history of the Japanese mission. We hope and pray that under Mary’s motherly guidance and protection the words of Prince Takamatsu, the Emperor s brother, may be verified in the years to come:

 “Peace came on August 15, 1945-the exact date that St. Francis Xavier started preaching in this island state (Aug. 15, 1549). We are now on the threshold of a new world history. Four hundred years after St. Francis Xavier, Japan has again started as a new - Page 24 -  country - a peaceful, cultural state...The faith that St. Francis Xavier brought to Japan is not dead, but still alive. Not only that, it will live forever...We Japanese are now firmly determined to follow the footsteps of St. Francis Xavier. We pray to God to protect us and help us work in that cause.”...

Our Japanese friends unite their prayers with ours. They love to recite with us the century-old prayer to Mary, the Queen of Peace:  - Page 26 -

“Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother. To thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petition, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me.”
This spirit of prayer can and will bring peace. Father Peyton has said so well:
The family that prays together, stays together.” Isn’t that true also in the family of nations?...  Will this come true? - The answer is up to you...  - Page 30 -

Lord. make me an instrument of Thy peace!
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair. hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand; 
To be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Our Lady of Fatima's Protective Shield

[Editor's Note:  You, too, can earn the "right" to receive Our Lady of Fatima's Protective Shield by carefully and honestly and sincerely making a proper use of the Message of Fatima, a.k.a. God's Peace Plan in your own personal life, just as Father Hubert Schiffer, S.J. and the other three Jesuit Priests of Hiroshima had done - and just like the Franciscan Priests at Nagasaki had also done.  All of them were preserved from death and survived their injuries from the bombs!

Just as Our Lady of Fatima symbolically put her mantle of protection - her Protective Shield - over the approximately 70,000 people at Fatima on Saturday, October 13, 1917 during the "Miracle of the Sun" which - symbolized a huge bomb "dropping" out of the sky onto the scared crowd of people, as a prophecy by which she promised to do the same thing - for real - to everyone who really follows and implements the Message of Fatima, a.k.a. God's Peace Plan in their own personal lives, and which promised mantle of protection - her Protective Shield - she did in fact put over the four Jesuit Priests, protecting them from death, when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, and she did the same thing by puttinger her promised mantle of protection - her Protective Shield - over the Franciscan Priests, protecting them from the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, she not only can, but will in fact, do the same thing for you, too IF ONLY you will follow and correctly implement the Message of Fatima, a.k.a. God's Peace Plan in yown personal lives - beginning NOW, TODAY!!

How comforting it is for every Catholic to know that they, too, can be spared a most horrible death, whether instantly, or dragged on for whatever time period during an incredible painful agony resulting from the horribly painful radiation burns over their entire body, eventually leading to death, IF ONLY they would do as Father Hubert Schiffer, S.J. and the other three Jesuit Priests of Hiroshima had done and as the Franciscan Priests of Nagasaki had done - by earning the privilege to be protected by the promised protection of Our Lady of Fatima - her Protective Shield - as Father Hubert Schiffer, S.J. calls it - by doing what he did - following and implementing the Message of Fatima, a.k.a. God's Peace Plan in their own personal lives - beginning NOW, TODAY - not next week, not next month, not next year - but NOW, TODAY!

It's your body - it's your life - its your choice!!!  A Word to the Wise is sufficent!!!]

An Account of Hiroshima
by Father John Seimes, S.J.

Father John Seimes, S.J.
Father Johannes Siemes, S.J.
[b. at Cologne, Germany in 1907 A.D.  - d. at Gora, Japan in 1983 A.D.]

He joined the Jesuits in 1927. After studies and ministry in Holland, Ireland, and Japan, he was ordained in 1937. After years of service to Sophia University in Tokyo that began in 1940, he , as a member of the Japanese Province

According to the account of the Jesuit Priest, Father John Seimes, S.J., who had been at Nagatsuka which was on the outskirts of Hiroshima:

"They [the Jesuits Priests] were in their rooms at the Parish House [i.e. the Rectory].  It was a quarter after eight, exactly the time when we had heard the explosion in Nagatsuka, when came the intense light and immediately thereafter the sound of breaking windows, walls and furniture. They were showered with glass splinters and fragments of wreckage. Father Schiffer was buried beneath a portion of a wall and suffered a severe head injury. The Father Superior [Father Hugo Lassalle, S.J.] received most of the splinters in his back and lower extremity from which he bled copiously. Everything was thrown about in the rooms themselves, but the wooden framework of the house remained intact."
Father Johannes Siemes, SJ, a professor of philosophy at Sophia University in Tokyo, was one of a number of German Jesuits working in Japan during World War II. In 1945, American B-29s were stepping up bombing missions against Japanese cities. Kobe, Osaka, Nagoya, and particularly Tokyo were being hard hit by nighttime incendiary raids and daytime high explosive raids. The mounting danger had prompted the Japanese government to evacuate many of Tokyo's residents; Siemes and his students had left the city for the relative safety of the Jesuit Novitiate, where the Jesuits' future Superior General, Father Pedro Arrupe, SJ, was rector. The location was just outside Hiroshima.

Here is Father Siemes's account of the events of August 6, 1945, first published in Jesuit Missions magazine, March 1946, vol. 20, no. 2.

FOR A LONG TIME the people of Hiroshima wondered why they alone were not being pounded by American bombs. Almost daily observation planes flew overhead. Occasionally bombs fell, but they did little damage-nothing in comparison with what was happening in other Japanese cities. Fantastic rumors circulated wildly that America had something special in store for us, but no one dreamed of the reality that was to come.

August the 6th dawned bright and clear. About seven o'clock there was an air-raid alarm. A few planes appeared over the city, but no one paid any attention. About eight o'clock, the "all-clear" signal was sounded. I was sitting in my room at the Jesuit novitiate in Nagatsuka, about two and a half miles from the center of Hiroshima, half way up the side of a mountain, overlooking the bright valley which stretches down to the sea. Suddenly-the time was approximately 8:14 -- the whole valley was filled by a garish light, like a magnesium flash by a giant photographer.

All at once I became conscious of a wave of heat, but could see only a brilliant yellow light. As I made for the door, perhaps ten seconds after the first flash of light, I heard a moderately loud explosion which seemed to come from directly over our house. Instantly all the windows in the house were broken. Fragments of glass were sprayed all over me. In no time I was bleeding from cuts about the hands and head. Everything around me was confusion-all the windows broken, all the doors forced in, and book shelves tumbled down. Most of the other Jesuits were injured by fragments of glass. A few were bleeding, but none seriously so.

Down in the valley a half mile away, several peasant homes caught fire. Over the city clouds of smoke were rising, and I heard a few indistinct explosions. Perhaps a half an hour later, a long file of desperate people began to stream up the valley from the city. Some came to our house, their steps heavy and dragging, their faces blackened, all of them bleeding or suffering from burns, some with horrible wounds of the extremities and back.

We brought them into the chapel, put them to rest on the straw mats, and gave them all the aid we could, but our small supply of grease was soon used up. Father [Pedro] Arrupe, our rector, had studied medicine before becoming a Jesuit and was everywhere among the injured as long as the bandages and drugs lasted, but at length we had to be content merely to cleanse the wounds, as more and more of the injured came pouring in to us.

By noon our large chapel and library were filled, but the procession of refugees from the city continued. Among them was Father [Peter] Kopp, bleeding about the head and neck, and with a large burn on his right palm. He was standing in front of the convent of the Helpers of the Holy Souls at the outskirts of the city ready to go home when all of a sudden he became aware of a light, felt the wave of heat and a large blister forming on the palm of his hand. He thought the bomb had fallen on his immediate vicinity. Fire broke out at once all around him so that there was time to rescue only a few things from the convent before the whole district was swept by flames. He and the Sisters had to fight their way back to us along the shore of the river and through the burning streets.

Soon news came that the entire city had been destroyed, that the whole city was on fire. Outside, the roads were jammed with burned, bleeding, frightened people. Among them there were many who were uninjured. Distraught by the magnitude of the disaster, they rushed by without a thought of organizing help for the others. It became clear to us later that the Japanese displayed little initiative, preparedness, and organizational skill in meeting this catastrophe. They despaired of any rescue work when something could have been saved by cooperative effort, and fatalistically they let the catastrophe take its course. When we urged them to take part in the rescue work, they did everything we told them willingly, but on their own they did very little.

Down in the center of the city we knew that Father [Hugo] Lassalle, our Superior, and three of the Fathers were trapped. About four o'clock in the afternoon, we learned that the church, the parish house, and the adjoining buildings had all burned down [N.B.  This rumor was apparently not true based upon other eye-witness accounts.], and that Father Lassalle and Father Hubert Schiffer had been seriously injured and were unable to walk. Six of us hurried with Father Rector down to the city. The closer we got to the city, the greater the destruction, and the more difficult it became to make our way. Twice we were forced down into the river itself to escape the flames.

Large numbers of people had taken refuge in the park, though all the paths and bridges were blocked by fallen trees. Fires still flared up in the distance giving out an eerie light, but finally at the far corner of the park on the river bank itself, we came upon our colleagues. Father Schiffer was lying on the ground, deathly pale. He had lost so much blood from a deep cut behind his ear that we feared for his life. Father Superior had a deep wound on his leg. Father [Hubert] Cieslik and Father [Wilhelm] Kleinsorge had minor injuries but were completely exhausted.

Bit by bit they told us of their experiences. At a quarter after eight, they saw the intense light, and immediately heard the sound of breaking windows, walls and furniture. They were showered with glass splinters and fragments of wreckage. Father Schiffer was buried beneath a portion of wall and suffered a severe head injury. Father Superior [Father Hugo Lassalle] was sprayed with splinters in his back and legs which made him bleed copiously. They, too, had the impression that the bomb burst in their immediate vicinity. All the buildings around them collapsed at once, and from every pile of ruins there arose piteous cries for help. Father Hugo Lassalle and Father Schiffer, despite their wounds, aided as many as they could and lost a great deal of blood in the process, but when fires swept closer and closer, they had to flee for their lives.

Mr. Fukai, secretary of the mission, went almost out of his mind and would not leave the scene until Father Kleinsorge dragged him out of the house on his back and forcibly carried him away. Beneath the wreckage of houses all along the streets many were trapped and screamed to be rescued. They were beyond hope, for the flames would be upon them before anyone could dig them out of the ruins. Mr. Fukai refused to go further, and has not been heard from since.

We were fortunate to have a rescuing angel who saved us - a Japanese Protestant pastor [Rev. Kiyoshi Tanimoto of the Hiroshima Methodist Church, according to John Hersey in a New York Times article] came by in a boat and insisted on taking our wounded upstream to safety. Father Schiffer, who was more seriously wounded, was taken first. Several children were rescued from the river on the way, but soon died. They had been severely burned. Father Cieslik offered to go home by foot to make room for others in the boat.

By midnight we were still working, caring for the wounded and trying to carry our own back to Nagatsuka [the Novitiate]. Wires, beams, ruins, and rubble blocked every street and every passage. In the dark it was impossible to see. Again and again we fell, carrying the stretchers with us to the ground. Father Schiffer became unconscious. Father Lassalle joked each time he fell, though it must have been very painful because his back was full of fragments of glass. The expedition had taken almost twelve hours. Normally we could have gone into the city and back in two hours. Early in the morning I had two hours' sleep, then said Mass in thanksgiving, for it was the 7th of August, the anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus.

Offering Medical Assistance

Military medics offer medical assistance to survivors of the bomb in Hiroshima.

More than 60,000 were killed by the explosion; tens of thousands of others died later from the radioactive fallout.

The next day was spent rescuing victims along the roads. There were no rescue parties in evidence anywhere in the city. People we had helped to safety the day before were sitting and lying in the same places we had put them. More than 30 hours passed before the first official rescue party arrived.

By the time we got back to Nagatsuka it was dark again. We had with us 50 refugees, most of whom were wounded, many of them dangerously burned, all of them, even those with less serious burns, very weak and helpless. Our relief work was a greater boost for Christianity in the eyes of the people than all our work in the preceding long years. Few of those whom we cared for died. In the official aid station a good third or a half of those who had been brought in died. They lay about almost without care-everything was lacking, doctors, assistants, dressings, drugs, etc.

THE MAGNITUDE OF THE DISASTER that befell Hiroshima on August 6th was only slowly pieced together in my mind. What happened, now that I have a chance to see the whole picture, is this:

As a result of the explosion of the bomb at 8:15 almost the entire city was destroyed at a single blow. Only small outlying districts in the southern and eastern part of the town escaped complete destruction. The bomb exploded over the center of the city.

As a result of the blast, small Japanese houses which made up 99 percent of the buildings in the city collapsed at once or were blown away. Those who were in the houses were buried in the ruins. Those who were in the open sustained burns, resulting from contact with a substance or rays emitted by the bomb. When the substance struck in quantity, fire sprang up and spread rapidly.

The heat which arose from the ground was so intense as to create a minor whirlwind sweeping the fire across the whole city. Those who had been caught beneath the ruins could not be freed in time to escape. Up to three miles from the center of the explosion, all houses were damaged, and many collapsed and caught fire. Even seven miles away windows were broken.

How many people fell victims of this one bomb? Hiroshima had a population of 400,000. Official statistics up to September 1st place the number of dead at 70,000, 130,000 wounded, among them 43,500 seriously so, and many thousands missing.

Thousands of wounded who died later could have been saved if they had received proper treatment, but there was no adequate rescue work during that catastrophe. Many of the wounded died because they had been weakened by undernourishment. Those who had normal strength and who had received good care slowly recovered from the burns occasioned by the Atomic bomb. There were also cases of wounded people, however, who started to recover and then died suddenly. Some who had only small external burns died within a week after inflammation of the pharynx and mouth.

Several cases are known to me personally where individuals, who did not have any external burns, later died. Fathers Kleinsorge and Cieslik, who were near the center of the explosion, were badly cut, but did not suffer any burns.

[N.B.  Father Johannes Siemes, S.J. obviously was confused because earlier - above - he writes that "Father [Hubert] Cieslik and Father [Wilhelm] Kleinsorge had minor injuries."  Considering the severe stress he was under, and what he endured, it is understandable how his memory was somewhat faulty.]
Fourteen days after the explosion, their simple cuts had healed normally, but the ones which were still unhealed became worse, and in October were still incompletely healed. There cannot be any doubt but that the rays, whatever they were, had some effect on the blood. I am of the opinion, however, that the general undernourished and weakened condition of so many people was apparently responsible for the large number of deaths. It was rumored that the ruined city would emit deadly rays for some time. I doubt that, because I myself and many others who worked in the ruined area for several hours after the explosion suffered no ill effects whatsoever.
[N.B.  Was this also part of the miracles of Our Lady of Fatima at Hiroshima?]
It was an incredible catastrophe, and yet almost strangest of all, the Japanese people here showed no bitterness towards America. Great good can yet be brought out of all this tragedy, and of all the nations on earth today, America is in the best position to help us lead these people to the knowledge, love, and service of the one true God.

Father Maximillian Kolbe
Thursday, August 9, 1945 at Nagasaki, Japan


The B-29 Superfortress Bomber
That Dropped the Second Atomic Bomb on Nagasaki, Japan
1.  On the Feast Day of Saint John Mary Vianney, the Patron Saint of Parish Priests, Thursday, August 9, 1945, a plutonium bomb nicknamed “Fat Man” was dropped from a B-29 bomber called “Bockscar” after its aircraft commander, Captain Frederick C. Bock who was its usual pilot.

However, On August 9, 1945, the regular staff was changed just before the raid and Major Charles Sweeney was the actual pilot who flew Bockscar, which was accompanied by The Great Artiste and another aircraft.

Major Charles Sweeney
[b. at Lowell, Massachusetts on December 27, 1919 -
d. at Boston, Massachusetts on July 16, 2004]

Left Active Duty with the Rank of Lieutenant Colonel on June 28,1946
 Remained Active with the Massachusetts Air National Guard
Promoted to Rank of Major General in the Air National Guard on April 6, 1956
Retired in 1976 as a Major General in the Air National Guard

The Atomic Bomb - “Fat Man”

2.  The Atom bomb, “Fat Man”, plunged downwards and detonated approximately one kilometer above the city of Nagasaki, Japan at precisely 11:02 A.M.

The Mushroom Cloud over Nagasaki
After the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb - Fat Man
The Fat Man Mushroom Cloud over Nagasaki
Rose 11 Miles into the Air from the Hypocenter

The Urukami Cathedral

3.  The Urukami Cathedral with its two Priests who were hearing confessions and thirty of the Faithful, were cooked to a cinder. The atomic bomb blast was 500 meters from this Church, which was the largest Christian Church in Asia at the time. It had 14,000 parishoners. Most of them were killed or injured, and all of its Priests were killed by the blast.

Father Maximillian Kolbe
[b. at Pabiance, in Russian Occupied Poland in 1894 - d. 1941]

4.  Father Maximillian Kolbe built the Franciscan Friary of Mugenzai no Sono (Garden of the Immaculate) upon a spot, which was Divinely indicated and located behind the crest of a hill.

5.  During the blast of “Fat Man” the Friary was miraculously spared from the atomic destruction.

Clergy of the Franciscan Friary
of Mugenzai No Sono at Nagasaki

6.  The Franciscans who survived, attributed this miraculous protection to the daily recitation of the Holy Rosary and their devotion to “Our Lady of Fatima” - the "Fatima Message".   At Nagasaki, where Father Maximilian Kolbe had established a Franciscan Friary, it was unharmed and also had no effects from the Nagasaki bomb because of special protection from the Blessed Mother, as the Franciscans prayed the daily Rosary and followed God's Peace Plan, thereby having no ill effects from the bomb due to the impenetrable "protective shield" of Our Lady of Fatima over them.

7.  The Franciscans were soon called the “Immaculate Conception Fathers,” named in such a manner after the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady, who delivered them from the most destructive weapon known to mankind.

Biblical Precedent

Daniel 3:19-24; 3:91-96

3:19. Then was Nabuchodonosor filled with fury: and the countenance of his face was changed against Sidrach, Misach, and Abdenago, and he commanded that the furnace should be heated seven times more than it had been accustomed to be heated.

3:20. And he commanded the strongest men that were in his army, to bind the feet of Sidrach, Misach, and Abdenago, and to cast them into the furnace of burning fire.

3:21. And immediately these men were bound, and were cast into the furnace of burning fire, with their coats, and their caps, and their shoes, and their garments.

3:22. For the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace was heated exceedingly. And the flame of the fire slew those men that had cast in Sidrach, Misach, and Abdenago.

3:23. But these three men, that is, Sidrach, Misach, and Abdenago, fell down bound in the midst of the furnace of burning fire.

3:24. And they walked in the midst of the flame, praising God, and blessing the Lord...

3:91. Then Nabuchodonosor, the king, was astonished, and rose up in haste, and said to his nobles: Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered the king, and said: True, O king.

3:92. He answered, and said: Behold, I see four men loose, and walking in the midst of the fire, and there is no hurt in them, and the form of the fourth is like the son of God.

3:93. Then Nabuchodonosor came to the door of the burning fiery furnace, and said: Sidrach, Misach, and Abdenago, ye servants of the most high God, go ye forth, and come. And immediately Sidrach, Misach, and Abdenago, went out from the midst of the fire.

3:94. And the nobles, and the magistrates, and the judges, and the great men of the king, being gathered together, considered these men, that the fire had no power on their bodies, and that not a hair of their head had been singed, nor their garments altered, nor the smell of the fire had passed on them.

3:95. Then Nabuchodonosor breaking forth, said: Blessed be the God of them, to wit, of Sidrach, Misach, and Abdenago, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that believed in him: and they changed the king's word, and delivered up their bodies, that they might not serve nor adore any god except their own God.

3:96. By me, therefore, this decree is made: That every people, tribe, and tongue, which shall speak blasphemy against the God of Sidrach, Misach, and Abdenago, shall be destroyed, and their houses laid waste: for there is no other God that can save in this manner.

Quotes on the Rosary

Saint Dominic:
"After the Divine Office and the Holy Mass, no homage is as agreeable to Jesus and His Divine Mother as the fervent prayer of the Holy Rosary, since the work of salvation began with the Angelic Salutation (Hail Mary) the Salvation of each one of us in particular is attached to this prayer."

Saint Louis De Montfort:
"The Holy Rosary is not just a conglomeration of our Fathers and Hail Marys, But on the contrary it is a Divine Summary of the Mysteries of the Life, Passion, Death, and Glory of Jesus and Mary."

Saint Bernard:
"The Hail Mary puts the devil to flight and causes Hell to Tremble with terror."

Pope St. Pius X:
"There is nothing more excellent, it seems to us, than that numerous voices are uninterruptingly and from namy parts of the world simultaneously lifting supplications to the Blessed Virgin Mary as they meditate on the Christian mysteries, so that the blessings of her maternal goodness may not cease to descend upon the Church."

Saint Francis de Sales:
"The best method of prayer is the Holy Rosary if you Say it well."

Saint Teresa of Avila:
"I would Gladly suffer . . . Just to have the chance to pray even one Hail Mary in order to gain more merits before our lord."

Pope Saint Puis V:
"The Holy Rosary was given to the Faithful in order that they might have spiritual peace and consolation more easily."

Bishop Hugh Boyle:
"No one can live continually in sin and continue to say the Rosary - either he will give up sin or he will give up the Rosary."

Historical Facts About the Rosary

1. Alexandre, a girl of noble station who had been converted by Saint Dominic who also enrolled her in the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary. After her death she appeared to Saint Dominic and told him she had been condemned to seven hundred years in Purgatory because of her own sins and of the sins which others had commited as the result of the bad example she gave them of her worldly ways.

So Alexandre implored Saint Dominic to ease her pains by his prayers and to ask the Confraterinty members to pray for the same purpose.  Saint Domonic did as she asked. Two weeks later she appeared to him, more radiant than the sun, having been quickly delivered from Purgatory through the Daily Rosary recited by each of the members of the Confraternity which they had said for her.

She also told Saint Dominic that the Holy Souls in Purgatory had given her a message to give to Saint Dominic.

The message of the Poor, Suffering Souls in Purgatory to Saint Dominic was that they begged Saint Dominic:

1) To please continue to preach devotion to the Most Holy Rosary.

2) To please beg all of their relatives to offer their daily Rosaries for them.

3)  To tell their relatives that they would abundantly reward these same relatives when these Poor, Suffering Souls came into their Glory in Heaven.

2. One day in 1460, Blessed Alan de la Roche was offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Catholic Traditional Mass. Our Lord, Who wanted to spur him to preach the Holy Rosary, spoke to Blessed Alan from the Sacred Host.
Christ said:  "How can you crucify Me again so soon?"

"What did You say, Lord?" asked Blessed Alan, horrified.

Christ said:  "You crucified Me once before by your sins.  I would willingly be crucified again rather than have My Father offended by the sins You used to commit. You are crucifying Me again now because you have all of the learning and understanding that you need to preach My Mother's Rosary and you are not doing so. If you only did this, you could teach many souls the right path and lead them away from sin.  But, you are not doing it, and so you, yourself, are guilty of the sins that they commit."

This terrible reproach made Blessed Alan solemnly resolve to preach the Rosary unceasingly.

Our Lady also spoke to him one day to inspire him to preach the Holy Rosary more and more.

Our Lady said:  "You were a great sinner in your youth, but I obtained the Grace of your conversion from my Son. Had such a thing been possible, I would have liked to have gone through all kinds of suffering to save you because converted sinners are a glory to me. And I would have done this also to make you worthy of preaching my Rosary far and wide."
Saint Dominic also appeared to Blessed Alan as well and told him of the great results of his own Rosary ministry - of how, when still in this life, he had preached the Holy Rosary unceasingly, that his sermons had borne great fruit, and that many people had been converted during his missions as the result of his preaching devotion to the Holy Rosary.

Saint Dominic said to Blessed Alan:

"See the wonderful results that I have had through preaching the Holy Rosary! You and all those who love Our Lady ought to do the same so that, by means of this holy practice of the Rosary, you may draw all people to the real science of the virtues."
This is, very briefly, how Saint Dominic established devotion to the Most Holy Rosary and how Blessed Alan de la Roche restored it.

3. During his Pontificate, Pope Saint Puis V [1566- 1572] found Europe to be in a devastating moral state due to its having been partially destroyed by the ex-Roman Catholic Bishops and Priests who threw out the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and replaced it by a mere memorial supper meal (N.B.  This is also the official definition of the NEW mass!), by ecclesiastical corruption, and by the threat of the Turkish invasion of Western Europe.

Seeing that things were only geting worse, he continued to say his daily Rosary.  At the last minute, he was able to call the countries of Europe to unite together and to pray the Holy Rosary.  He was also instrumental in orgainzing military forces to fight against the invading Mohammadans (Ironically, today Western Europe has been "invaded" by people from Mohammadan countries and are now causing riots and revolts there!)

Saint Pius V ordered that a Rosary be given to each and every soldier.  Thus, on September 30, 1571 against all odds, the much smaller European fleet of about 5,000 men went into battle against the mighty Turkish fleet of about 30,000 men.  On October 7, 1571, at the battle of Lepanto, off the coast of Greece, the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary caused the victory of the vastly outnumbered Catholics over the bloodthirsty pagan Mohammadan terrorists.

For Those Who Think They Can Survive a Nucelar Bomb
Without Our Lady of Fatima's Protective Shield
Here are a Few Scientific Facts to Help Re-Think Such a Position!

Dr. Stephen Rinehart's Commentary
on the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Blast

1.  Within the U.S. Department of Defense, Dr. Stephen Rinehart is widely recognized as an international expert in this field.  He is a man with a professional resume of extremely impressive scientific credentials. The following is his commentary.

2.  A quick calculation says at 1 kilometer the bulk temperature was in excess of 20,000 to 30,000 degrees F (transients in microseconds greater than 100,000F perhaps as high as 1,000,000 F within 1 kilometer - depends on construction details and you are inside the fireball) and the blast wave would have hit at sonic velocity with pressures on building (at one kiolmeter) greater than 600 psi. and buildings were demolished over a mile from epicenter.

3. The "fireball diameter" is probably on the order of two to four kilometers (depends on certain definitions).

4.  No way any human could have survived nor should anything have left been standing at one kilometer.

5.  Yet, at about ten to fifteen kilometers I saw the brick walls standing from an elementary school (some phasing due to bomb's pineapple construction) and I think there were a few badly burned survivors at ten to fifteen kilometers (all - except the Jesuits - died within fifteen years of some form of cancer).

6.  Also, I think they were Jesuits that were near epicenter and a panorama view from epicenter at Shima Hospital did show some kind of two story house totally intact (at least from what I could make out and it look to me the windows were in place!?).

7.  Also there was a church with walls still standing but roof gone a few hundred yards away!?

8.  DOD [U.S. Department of Defense] never commented officially on this and I suspect it was classified and never discussed in open literature. I think it is possible the Jesuits were asked not to say anything either at the time.

9.  The Hiroshima atomic bomb was an airblast burst (i.e., detonated at altitude between 600 yds. to 1000 yds.) as opposed to an atomic ground burst (i.e., designed to crater a certain area – possibly against deeply buried targets).

10.  Two of these types of weapons were built and the other was dropped on Nagasaki.

11.  The third weapon was larger and intended for a ground blast [Tokyo Harbor?] but was never used on Japan and no target ever identified.

12.  The bombing order was against cities not specific military targets. The cities selected were Kyoto, Hiroshima, Yokohama, and Nagasaki.

13.  [See http://www.odci.gov/csi/monograph/4253605299/csi9810001.html]

14.  In reviewing the damage patterns and blast characteristics of the Hiroshima blast, it appears this weapon was detonated at a height of 0.6 to 1.0 kilometers [Highest probable fireball diameter is about 1.4 kilometers].

15.  This weapon was detonated at this height to produce the maximum damage area from the fireball (maximum sustained fire/airblast damage from the propagating temperatures and airblast pressures in the shock wave front).

16.  However, the epicenter was not the area with the greatest damage since the weapon was designed to “spread the fireball effects” over a wide area.

17.  The strongest building [steel reinforced frame] was the Hiroshima Bank building which was gutted inside by fire 250 meters from hypocenter of bomb but its walls remained standing but the window frames were blown away.

18.  The overriding conclusion from my review of the weapon effects at Hiroshima is that this weapon was intentionally designed and deployed to kill or maim as many humans as possible in residential housing (or unprotected outside) over the widest possible area for the weapon’s size (while minimizing radiation effects from contaminated debris being thrown up into atmosphere).

19.  Since much of the Hiroshima industrial capacity was also located in unreinforced brick structures this type of airblast would also destroy any unreinforced masonry or brick buildings.

20. One of the most flammable items on a person is their hair and clothing. Much of the clothing at this time was cotton (or blended cotton) which would be considered highly flammable. I suddenly came to the realization that the intent of propagating a fireball at this height was to be able to set fire to a person’s clothing (and all types of fabrics) at relatively long distances from the blast’s epicenter.

21.  The airblast would be felt for miles (blowing out windows and damaging most all structures by cracking the walls) and terrorize the remaining population. Hence, the description by those who survived of seeing burned bodies everywhere (or charred skeletons) and skin that was shredded into strips is consistent with the bombing order to hit a populated city in the center without specific regard to military objectives.

22.  It appears the Jesuits (at one kilometer from the geometric epicenter) had greater than 90% probability of being outside the atomic bomb’s “plasma” since it was an airburst but they were on the “hairy edge”.

23.  Depending on the actual height of detonation, the Jesuits must have had the edge of the fireball literally outside their window.

24.  Assuming they were just outside of the plasma, their residence should still have been utterly destroyed (temp > 2000 F and airblast pressures > 100 psi).

25.  In contrast, unreinforced masonry or brick walls (representative of commercial construction) are destroyed at 3 psi, which will also cause ear damage and burst windows.

26.  At ten psi, a human will experience severe lung and heart damage, burst eardrums and at 20 psi your limbs can be blown off.

27. Your head will be blown off by 40 psi and no residential or unreinforced commercial construction would be left standing.

28.  At 80 psi even reinforced concrete is heavily damaged and no human would be alive because your skull would be crushed

29.  All the cotton clothes would be on fire at 350 F (probably at 275F) and your lungs would be inoperative within a minute breathing air (even for a few seconds) at these temperatures.


1.  There are no physical laws to explain why the Jesuits were untouched in the Hiroshima airblast.

2.   There is no other actual or test data where a structure such as this was not totally destroyed at this standoff distance by an atomic weapon.

3.  All who were at this range from the epicenter should have received enough radiation to be dead within at most a matter of minutes if nothing else happened to them.

4.  There is no known way to design a uranium-235 atomic bomb, which could leave such a large discrete  [individual] area intact while destroying everything around it immediately outside the fireball (by shaping the plasma).

5.  From a scientific viewpoint, what happened to those Jesuits at Hiroshima still defies all human logic from the laws of physics as understood today (or at any time in the future).

6.  It must be concluded that some other (external) force was present whose power and/or capability to transform energy and matter as it relates to humans is beyond current comprehension.

7. From the standpoint of the current universal “string” theory in physics (relating atomic scale effects to macroscopic world) it suggests that the physical “strings” (i.e., bodies) of the Jesuits and the “energy strings” representing the house’s physical matter) were either transformed at the moment of the blast into an opposing energy field (to cancel the weapon effects and then transformed back on a time scale totally imperceptible to humans) or an enormous external force field was present which precisely cancelled the weapon’s effects over the totally irregular geometry of the residential house including protecting the occupants.

8. Either way it is a plausibility argument for the existence of a Creator who left his “calling card” at Hiroshima.


1.  In 1921, a group of German optics and mechanical designers were sent from Bausch (in Germany) to Tokyo, Japan to design the optics from periscopes, bomb sites, binoculars, microscopes, precision machining [aircraft engines] as well as a new generation of advanced fighters and heavy bombers [Kate].

2.  That’s right, the concept of the Japanese “Zero” and twin-engine bombers was secretly on the drawing boards in the late 1920s by German designers.

3.  Coincidentally, in 1921 German Jesuits showed up in Japan!

4.  In addition, Herbert Smith [famous aircraft designer for Sopwith] was asked by Mitsubishi to come to Japan in 1921 to design the world’s first carrier fighter. It was called the Type 10 and was tested at a facility near Hiroshima.

5.  The German families (and most of the German designers) did not know the real agenda of their Governments at the time. In the late 1920s, the concept for large aircraft carriers [to accommodate the Zero] were also being drawn and work was initiated on Japan’s atomic bomb.

6. In 1923, a massive earthquake stuck Tokyo causing widespread destruction. I believe this earthquake set the Japanese war effort back two full years in recovering and much of this design effort was relocated to Hiroshima, Honshu and Nagasaki.

7.  Hiroshima had much heavy shipbuilding/aircraft manufacturing and was a key site in development of Japan’s aircraft carriers as well as engine/weapons development. In addition, there was a large University for mechanical engineering. (The speculation being that a full-scale WWII was planned by Japan and Germany and should have started in 1939). As a possible consequence of this 1923 earthquake, Japan was not yet ready to enter WWII in 1939 (in a worldwide coordinated attack because it lacked trained aircraft carrier pilots and the Zero’s production was just starting) when Hitler attacked Poland [Hitler decided not to wait but to sign a peace treaty with Russia, England and the US to keep them off guard until Japan could finish its aircraft carriers and train carrier pilots].

8.  This however permitted the Allies valuable time in preparing for WWII (especially in the US). By late 1940, naval intelligence had identified Pearl Harbor as the point of a Japanese “sneak attack” by the Japanese carriers.

9.  In September, 1941 all dependents of the carriers Lexington and Yorktown had been recalled to San Diego and these carriers were outfitted for war in San Diego (summer 1941) and left in September for Pearl Harbor.

10.  Rumor has it the fighter pilots aboard the Lexington and Yorktown had been told in a “classified” briefing this country was going to war with Japan soon. The Lexington and Yorktown were ordered out of Pearl Harbor on Thanksgiving Day in November 1941 and were three hundred miles from Pearl Harbor (out of reach of Japanese fleet) on Dec 07, 1941. The War Dept has never declassified that briefing.

11.  As previously noted, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were probably not “random” targets for the drop of the atomic bomb to just demonstrate the bomb as has been stated all these years. These cities may have contained key [relocated] elements of the German design teams for both Japan’s atomic bomb effort including critical industrial capacity for making an atomic bomb as well as possibly working on very advanced radar and electronics for submarines and building naval surface combatants [carriers].

12.  To protect key Japanese personnel [in later stages of war effort], the Japanese used hospitals to house both military and engineering personnel and relocated the patients to other small “clinics” [to spread them out]. The military personnel and engineers probably wore white uniforms to make it look good.

13.  Maybe it was no accident, the Shima Hospital was at the epicenter of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. There are many unanswered questions to this day as to why did German Jesuits come in Japan in 1921, along with so many other German designers!?


1.  I never thought about it until now but there are a number of striking “coincidences” in 1921. It is not improbable that they [the German Jesuits] may have furnished key information on Japan’s war-making activities back to the Vatican [for years] and ultimately to US involving Hiroshima and other cities where a critical part of Japan’s industry was located in this timeframe.

2.  The German Jesuits could easily have interfaced with the families of the German designers and were technically astute. The Jesuits have long been actively involved in other country’s politics all over the world and teaching fundamental sciences, mathematics and philosophy at a University gives them access to a country’s brightest minds for the future!?….and who else would come and go virtually unnoticed?


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