Pope Francis urged world leaders to renounce nuclear weapons to guarantee humanitarian and environmental protection on a global scale. The remarks were made during a speech on Sunday in Nagasaki, one of the Japanese cities hit by the atomic bomb in 1945 at the end of World War II.
“Convinced as I am that a world without nuclear weapons is possible and necessary, I ask political leaders not to forget that these weapons cannot protect us from current threats to national and international security,” said the Pope.
He added that it is necessary “to ponder the catastrophic impact of their deployment, especially from a humanitarian and environmental standpoint, and reject heightening a climate of fear, mistrust, and hostility fomented by nuclear doctrines.”
Touching on the amount of money invested in research and production of nuclear weapons, Pope Francis stressed that the arms race wastes precious resources.
“In a world where millions of children and families live in inhumane conditions, the money that is squandered and the fortunes made through the manufacture, upgrading, maintenance and sale of ever more destructive weapons, are an affront crying out to heaven,” he said.
Pope Francis will follow next to Hiroshima, the first Japanese city hit by a nuclear bomb. He arrived in Japan on Saturday for a three-day visit.
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