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Scottsdale Republic (Arizona Republic), July 28th, 2005

Monks carrying atomic flame to N.M.

Return will peacefully 'close circle'

Carol Sowers
The Arizona Republic
Jul. 28, 2005 12:00 AM

PARADISE VALLEY -

Just before sunrise Friday, a small group of Zen monks will leave Paradise Valley's Franciscan Renewal Center to continue a 1,600-mile walk calling attention to the continuing threat of nuclear weapons worldwide.

The monks, who left San Francisco July 16, are en route to Trinity Test Site near Alamogordo, N.M., birthplace of the nuclear bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, 1945, during World War II.

The monks are carrying the atomic flame lit 60 years ago from the embers of Hiroshima and will extinguish it when they reach the test site Aug. 9.

"If they return it (the flame) to the place it was born, they believe it would close the circle in a peaceful way," says Matt Taylor, who is producing a film about the walk.

Taylor is also co-executive director of the Global Nuclear Disarmament Fund, a walk sponsor.

Taylor invites anyone to join the monks at 5:30 a.m. Friday at the renewal center, 58th Street and Lincoln Drive, for all or part of the their 60-mile journey to Globe. Accommodations in most cases are provided.

On Saturday, the monks will walk through eastern Arizona en route to New Mexico and closing ceremonies Aug. 9.

Scottsdale Republic

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