The Pope has ordered cards be printed and distributed depicting victims of the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki — captioned ‘the fruit of war’.
The harrowing image shows a boy carrying his dead brother on his shoulders while waiting in line at a crematorium.
It was captured by US Marine photographer Joe O’Donnell after the nuclear bombs were dropped at the end of World War II.
Pope Francis requested that ‘the fruit of war’ be written on the back of the card, accompanied by his signature.
A caption adds: ‘The young boy’s sadness is expressed only in his gesture of biting his lips which are oozing blood.’
After the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, Japan’s subsequent surrender ended World War II.
Photographer O’Donnell then spent a further four years recording the aftermath of the bombings in the two cities, according to Library of Congress records.