- Oct 19, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the absurdity of “pouring valuable resources into the maintenance of weapons of destruction while so many on this planet are struggling to survive,” a Vatican representative told a U.N. meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day Against Nuclear Tests.
Archbishop Timothy Broglio, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ conference international justice and peace committee, has expressed his unease at the United States’ decision to withdraw from a Reagan-era nuclear arms treaty.
The Vatican representative to the IAEA, Monsignor Janusz Stanisław Urbańczyk, says the efforts of the international community to utilize the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons to make the world safer “have not been sufficient.” The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is preparing for the review conference on the treaty, which happens every five years.
The chairman of a U.S. bishops’ committee, Bishop Oscar Cantu, urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to accelerate verifiable nuclear disarmament in a letter dated February 14. The letter pressed to ensure that both countries build on the New START agreement, that calls for reducing their strategic arsenals.
The United Nations promises to initiate talks on nuclear weapon disarmament, as member states grow impatient with the slow pace of the negotiations. Though to some it might serve as a first step toward global disarmament many remain skeptical about future results.
ROME — Days after a tentative nuclear deal was struck between Iran and the P5+1 nations, including the United States, a senior US arms control official described the Vatican as an important partner in non-proliferation efforts. “The Church is a natural leader in the arena of nuclear disarmament,” said Rose