On August 6th, 1945, the Enola Gay dropped "Little Boy" on Hiroshima, killing instantly 140,000 people and completely obliterating everything within a mile and a half radius. Buildings ten miles away were brought down from the blast. Over 200,000 more would die shortly thereafter from radiation. The atomic bomb destroyed just about everything and everyone. Just about.
Only eight blocks from the epicenter—less than half a mile—was the church of Our Lady of the Assumption. The church was undamaged. Even more miraculously, the nearby rectory was undamaged as well, including the eight priests inside. None of the priests suffered any effects of radiation. Over the next thirty years the priests would be examined more than 200 times by scientists. Dr. Stephen Rinehart, of the U.S. Department of Defense, widely recognized as an international expert in the field of atomic blasts, spoke of the miracle:
The Department of Defense never commented officially on this and I suspect it was classified and never discussed in open literature. I think it is possible the Jesuits were asked not to say anything either at the time. 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.
What was the force that protected the priests? The Blessed Mother. The priests attributed the miracle to praying the rosary. Father Hubert Schiffer, who was thirty years old at the time and one of the priests in the rectory said, “We believe that we survived because we were living the message of Fatima. We lived and prayed the Rosary daily in that house.”