Religion: Witness to the Apocalypse

His face is thinner than that of the order's founder, but his high, broad forehead and strong nose bear the same Basque imprint. It is an open face, quick to smile. "He is optimistic by disease," says one colleague. But the Very Rev. Pedro Arrupe has reason to be optimistic. He is a survivor of a cataclysm next to which the problems of his Jesuits must instantly pale. As rector of a Jesuit novitiate in wartime Japan, he was in Nagatsuka, a suburb of Hiroshima, on Aug. 6, 1945, when the atomic bomb struck....

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