Vatican City, Nov 10, 2017 / 05:18 am
In a key speech on the global effort to eradicate nuclear arms, Pope Francis called the weapons immoral and said they should be made illegal in war, but he also voiced hope that despite pessimism, things are moving in the right direction.
In a Nov. 10 audience with participants in a Vatican symposium on nuclear disarmament, the Pope said "a healthy realism continues to shine a light of hope on our unruly world," particularly on the nuclear front.
Pointing to the international treaty passed at the United Nations in July, Francis said this is a concrete sign that progress is being made in the effort to eliminate nuclear arms, and called the treaty "a historic vote," in which the majority of the international community "determined that nuclear weapons are not only immoral, but must also be considered an illegal means of warfare."
The employment of nuclear devices, whether intentionally or through accidental detonation, he said, would cause "catastrophic humanitarian and environmental effects."