CNA Staff, Jan 12, 2021 / 08:05 am America/Denver (CNA).
Catholic bishops urged the U.K. on Tuesday to give up its nuclear arsenal.
In a Jan. 11 statement, three bishops also called on world leaders to back the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which comes into force on Jan. 22.
“We urge support for the treaty and repeat our call for the U.K. to forsake its nuclear arsenal. The resources spent on manufacturing, maintaining, and upgrading these weapons of mass destruction should be reinvested to alleviate the suffering of the poorest and most vulnerable members of our society, for the common good of all peoples,” they said.
The treaty, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2017, is a legally binding agreement to prohibit nuclear weapons with a view to completely eliminating them.
The bishops described the treaty as a “historic milestone on the path to nuclear disarmament.”