Nagasaki, Japan, Nov 23, 2019 / 18:48 pm
At the ground zero site of the 1945 nuclear attack on Nagasaki, Pope Francis said the threat of using nuclear weapons is not the way to build peace and shared responsibility in the human family, reiterating the Church's commitment to peace.
"The Catholic Church is irrevocably committed to promoting peace between peoples and nations," he said Nov. 24. "This is a duty to which the Church feels bound before God and every man and woman in our world."
"Peace and international stability," he stated, "are incompatible with attempts to build upon the fear of mutual destruction or the threat of total annihilation."
Rather, he said, these goals "can be achieved only through a global ethic of solidarity and cooperation in the service of a future shaped by interdependence and shared responsibility in the whole human family of today and tomorrow."