- Apr 10, 2020
The Cold War may have ended in 1991, but nuclear disarmament advocates in the Catholic Church and beyond say nuclear weapons still pose a grave danger to humanity.
The Holy See is working through nongovernmental channels to bring U.S. and Russian negotiators together to discuss new reductions in the countries’ nuclear weapons arsenals, an official with the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development said during a visit to The Catholic University of America.
Pope Francis has told Japanese Emperor Naruhito that he remembers seeing his parents cry over the news of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 74 years ago.
Pope Francis visited Nagasaki and Hiroshima on Sunday during his apostolic visit to Japan.
Every pope over the last seven decades has supported nuclear disarmament, so there’s nothing novel in Francis doing the same.
“The arms race wastes precious resources that could be better used to benefit the integral development of peoples and to protect the natural environment,” Pope Francis said Sunday.