Pope Francis reached Japan today, where he is expected to deliver a robust anti-nuclear message of peace in the only country to have suffered an atomic bomb attack.
The 82-year-old Argentine is fulfilling a long-cherished ambition to preach in Japan, where years ago he hoped to be a missionary. His four-day trip will begin with visits to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the cities forever associated with the nuclear bombs dropped on them at the end of World War II, killing at least 74,000 people and 140,000 people respectively.
In a video message to the Japanese people before he left the Vatican, Francis railed against what he termed as immoral use of nuclear weapons.
The Pope reached Tokyo from Thailand, where he preached a message of religious tolerance and peace.