Monday, August 8
Kolbe and Nagasaki
People thought Fr Maximilian was crazy to be building on steep ground sloping away from the town; but in 1945, when the atomic bomb all but levelled Nagasaki, Mugenzai no Sono sustained no more damage than a few broken panes of stained glass. Today it forms the centre of a Franciscan province.
Also worth noting with regards to Nagasaki is the "bombed" Mary, the head of a statue that survived the bombing.