Francis Calls for Nuclear Disarmament

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Pope Francis has renounced the Catholic Church’s conditional acceptance of the policy of deterrence and declared, through the apostolic nuncio, “We go back to the position that the possession and use of nuclear weapons is not at all acceptable,” in a message to the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact on Nuclear Weapons on Monday, December 8, 2014.

Calling nuclear weapons “a global problem, affecting all nations, and impacting future generations and the planet that is our home,” Francis cited Pope John Paul II in encouraging people to work for a more secure world. He greeted the Hibakusha, survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and welcomed their prophetic voices, reminding the world that nuclear weapons “have the potential to destroy us an civilization.”

The Pope’s message was delivered by Archbishop Silvio Tomasi, apostolic nuncio and permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva.

“Nuclear deterrence and the threat of mutually assured destruction cannot be the basis for an ethics of fraternity and peaceful coexistence among peoples and states. The youth of today and tomorrow deserver far more…” said Pope Francis.

In a document released to the conference entitled “Nuclear Disarmament: Time for Abolition,” the church joined other international organizations in calling for a reexamination of the policy of deterrence, questioning whether it is a “stable basis for peace,” and nothing political fealty to the policy of nuclear deterrence is “a kind of religion” in its own right.

Vatican officials took note of US plans to spend billions to modernize its nuclear stockpile and infrastructure and noted it would do far more good to invest the money in resolving social inequities.

Pope Francis closed his message with the affirmation that “a world without nuclear weapons is truly possible.”

To read the Pope’s message, click here: Pope Francis on nuclear weapons

In addition to the Pope’s message to the gathering in Vienna, the Vatican issued a longer paper titled Nuclear Disarmament: Time for Abolition; you can read it here:

Vatican ND Time for Abolition


  1. I barely survived 8/6/45 explosion of the Hiroshima bomb that day when the whole city went into gigantic flame with all of us in it as the sun and earth meted together and the earth raged. Ensuing days, weeks, months and years saw us die both suddenly and slowly. I bordered between life and death with fevers so high that went off the chart. My health issues continued throughout my life in the subsequent 70 years. I qualified for health benefits through stringent medical examinations in Japan. These have been difficult years but also important years in which I truly witnessed the never ending effects of the consequences of the use of nuclear weapons, to be able to attest that this weapon should never be used again. I thank the Pope’s pronouncement and others lending their conviction for providing rational guidance on this subject. It is totally counter to Creation and life itself. Please stand with us, beseeching, “No more Hiroshima, No more Nagasaki”.

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