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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fatima Miracle in Hiroshima, Japan

In the foreground is a photo of the Church of Our Lady's Assumption and up the road the presbytery where the eight German Jesuit priests survived and lived to tell the miracle.

In the final stages of World War II, at about 8:15 AM of August 6, 1945, an American Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber christened Enola Gay, dropped the first atomic bomb in history over Hiroshima in Japan. The atomic blast generated an unimaginable ground heat of 6,000° C (10,832° F) and a tremendous wind at the sonic speed of 4.4 kilometers (2.7 miles) per second. Everything within a two-kilometer (1.2-mile) radius of the hypocenter was annihilated, instantly killing 140,000 people. Concrete buildings collapsed to pieces and broken glass flew as far as 16 kilometers (9.94 miles) away. The atomic radiation generated by the bomb was so unbelievably strong that many of those outside of the range who were exposed to it lost all bodily functions, their cells underwent apoptosis - a kind of cellular suicide, and died within days. Between the blast itself, the resulting fires throughout the city and the radiation burns, some estimate that 200,000 citizens of Hiroshima lost their lives.

Atomic bomb mushroom clouds over Hiroshima

Yet, in the midst of burned bodies, charred skeletons, and structural damage, just eight blocks from ground zero (exactly 1 kilometer or 6/10 of a mile), a two story Catholic presbytery miraculously remained intact with no apparent damage to it whatsoever, not even the windows were broken. When an investigation was made, it was discovered that there survived a community of eight German Jesuit priests who were all found unscathed, with only a few minor injuries.

Father Hubert Shiffer who headed the community was one of those Jesuit priests. He was 30 years old when the atomic bomb exploded at Hiroshima and lived another 33 years in good health to tell the miracle. The same is said of the other seven priests of the community. Aside from some slight surface abrasions or scratches, they all lived out their days in full health with no radiation sickness, no loss of hearing, or any other visible long term defects or cancer from radiation. 

Father Shiffer was thoroughly examined and questioned by more than 200 scientists who were unable to explain how he and his companions had survived the atomic blast. He attributed the miracle to the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He declared: "I was in the middle of the atomic explosion and I am still here alive and well. I was not struck down by its destruction." Furthermore, for several years hundreds of experts and investigators continued to study and investigate the scientific reasons as to why the presbytery house was not affected, and when asked, Father Shiffer remarked each time: "We believe that we survived because we were living the Message of Fatima. We lived and prayed the Rosary daily in that home."

IN 1976, at the Eucharistic Congress held in Philadelphia (USA), Father Shiffer publicly testified and recounted his experiences at Hiroshima. At that time, all eight members of the Jesuit community were still alive. In an interview with Fr. Paul Ruge, he describes the horrific nightmare of August 6, 1945:

"Suddenly, a terrific explosion filled the air with one bursting thunder stroke. 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."

Fr. Ruge relates that the next thing he remembered was that he opened his eyes and found himself laying on the ground. He looked around and there was NOTHING in any direction: the railroad station and buildings in all directions were leveled to the ground. The only physical harm to himself was that he could feel a few pieces of glass in the back of his neck. As far as he could tell, there was nothing else physically wrong with himself.

According to Dr. Stephen Rinehart, a nuclear physicist with the U.S. Department of Defense who had studied this phenomenon intently, they should have been dead in a flash. In his commentary on the Hiroshima blast he states:

"Their residence should still have been utterly destroyed (temp; 2000 F and air blast pressures; 100 psi). In contrast, unreinforced masonry or brick walls (representative of commercial construction) are destroyed at 3 psi, which will also cause car damage and burst windows. At 10 psi, a human will experience severe lung and heart damage, burst eardrums and at 20 psi your limbs can be blown off. Your head will be blown off by 40 psi and no residential or unreinforced commercial construction would be left standing. At 80 psi even reinforced concrete is heavily damaged and no human would be alive because your skull would be crushed. All the cotton clothes would be on fire at 350 F (probably at 275 F) and your lungs would be inoperative within a minute breathing air (even for a few seconds) at these temperatures.

"There are no physical laws to explain why the Jesuits were untouched in the Hiroshima air blast. 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. 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. There is no known way to design a uranium-235 atomic bomb, which could leave such a large discrete area intact while destroying everything around it immediately outside the fireball . . .

"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). 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."

The Fatima miracle that occurred at Hiroshima is well known and well documented and has been published in various journals since the war, and can be read today on several websites. Yet, to date no one has ever been able to offer any sound scientific explanation for this phenomenon.


  1. The nonbelievers who have read this should believe that mother Mary protected them but some can have such great denial of any miracle that they won't believe whatever miracle has happened. They , we can say, have stony hearts and blind eyes.

  2. The Holy Mother, Mary the Theotokos, is our great intercessor. She has made many appearances in the world. We call them apparitions and they are divine apparitions. The world is being warned and Her son, our Lord, wants no one to suffer. But since the original sin we have had the choice between good and evil. The time is soon coming. Repent !!!

  3. I am 41 years old and I only heard about this miracle just recently. I wonder how many others has not heard of this event?

  4. I too, never heard of this, but since we will be visiting Hiroshima in a few months, stumbled on this fact. For those of us who believe in our Savior the Lord, our King and pray to the most loved and blessed Mary, Mother of God, it was pure love and the result of devotion to the Rosary. Warnings abound for everyone to turn against evil and repent, but most are not heeding these warnings. I can only pray for them, whom are all lost souls.

  5. Proof that All things are possible through God. God Bless his Church the Roman Catholic Church which has endured scandal, wars, scizm, barbarians, radical muslims, etc. All because Jesus promised that not even the Gates of hell would prevail over it. Amen.


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