Loading
WCC: New nuclear weapons treaty cuts bring hope

.- The signing of the nuclear reduction treaty between the U.S. and Russia is "news that the World Council of Churches has awaited for a long time," according to the secretary general of the international ecumenical organization. While he praised this "modest" step, he prayed that governments will "have the courage and the will to follow-up this important development."

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), which was signed by President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, President Dmitry Medvedev, yesterday in Prague, includes measures that will reduce the "deployed strategic warhead limit" by 30 percent from previously established levels.

Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, secretary general of the World Council of Churches (WCC), celebrated the decision on Thursday, calling it "a sign of the leadership needed for establishing a sustainable and just peace in the world."

Reflecting on the establishment of what he deemed as only "modest cuts" from the "two most heavily armed nations in the world," Rev. Tveit said that the most promising result of the treaty is the two nations' agreement to increase their openness regarding their respective nuclear arsenals.

"If the world’s most powerful states practice new levels of nuclear transparency and verification, as we hope they will," he stated, "they will be able to bring new leadership and hope to bear on a range of nuclear arms problems."

The reverend expressed his own hope that the resulting "new confidence" could bring about further, deeper cuts in the future.

He added that now more than ever, on the verge of next month's U.N. meeting to review the "the most important disarmament agreement of all," the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, "signs of new openness are especially welcome."

Rev. Tveit concluded his statement, saying "We pray for governments to have the courage and the will to follow-up this important development."

The WCC, a fellowship of nearly 350 Christian Churches, has been vocal in its support of disarmament measures, releasing a statement last September which called current times "a season of hope" in the ever more realistic possibility of a nuclear weapon-free world.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Sep
2

Liturgical Calendar

September 2, 2014

Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 4:31-37

Gospel
Date
09/02/14
09/01/14
08/31/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Cor 2:10B-16
Gospel:: Lk 4:31-37

Saint of the Day

Martyrs of September »

Saint
Date
08/31/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 4:31-37

Homily
Date
09/02/14
09/01/14
08/31/14
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: