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Nuclear disarmament long overdue, Vatican diplomat tells UN

Sep 29, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Reluctant states should sign a treaty banning nuclear weapons, Vatican diplomat Archbishop Paul Gallagher told the United Nations on Tuesday.... Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago

Cardinal Cupich: A world without nuclear weapons is ‘not some utopian dream’ 

Jun 15, 2021

Ahead of important international meetings this week, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago urged President Joe Biden and other world leaders... Read more

Catholic bishops criticize plan to increase U.K. nuclear weapons stockpile

Mar 17, 2021

Catholic bishops have signed a statement calling the U.K. government’s plan to increase its nuclear weapons stockpile a “retrograde step.” Read more

The Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan. Credit: Oilstreet via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.5).

Catholic bishops of Hiroshima and Nagasaki hail nuclear weapons ban treaty

Jan 22, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Catholic bishops of Hiroshima and Nagasaki welcomed the United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons that came into force Friday,... Read more

Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton. Credit: Mazur/

Catholic bishops urge UK to give up nuclear arsenal

Jan 12, 2021

Catholic bishops urged the U.K. on Tuesday to give up its nuclear arsenal.  Read more

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Vatican officials call for 'solidarity' in nuclear disarmament after coronavirus pandemic

Dec 16, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The current pandemic has underscored the need for global solidarity to achieve nuclear disarmament, a senior Vatican diplomat said on... Read more

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. Courtesy photo.

Vatican to UN: It is immoral to threaten use of nuclear weapons as deterrence

Oct 21, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A Vatican official challenged the security theory of nuclear deterrence as immoral at the United Nations this week and called... Read more

Ballistic missile launch from underwater.

US bishops praise pope's 'clarion call' for nuclear disarmament

Feb 14, 2020

The bishops of the United States released a statement on Friday, calling for the United States and other nuclear powers to... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan.

Pope Francis in Hiroshima: 'Never again war'

Nov 24, 2019

Pope Francis prayed for peace Sunday at the site of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, where he called for an... Read more

Pope Francis prays at the Nagasaki ground zero site on Nov. 24, 2019.

At Nagasaki ground zero, pope denounces 'unspeakable horror' of nuclear weapons

Nov 23, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

At the ground zero site of the 1945 nuclear attack on Nagasaki, Pope Francis said the threat of using nuclear... Read more

Pope Francis aboard a flight from Italy to Ecuador July 5, 2015.

Pope Francis calls use of nuclear weapons 'immoral' ahead of Japan trip

Nov 18, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a video message to the country of Japan Nov. 18, Pope Francis said he prays that the power of... Read more

Kim Jong Un invites Pope Francis to meet in Pyongyang

Oct 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has invited Pope Francis to meet in Pyongyang, a South Korean spokesman said Tuesday.... Read more

Balancing human rights with peacebuilding efforts in North Korea

May 5, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The potential release of three American prisoners from North Korea’s labor camps – reported to be “imminent” – would be... Read more

Posters of South Korean President Moon Jae-In and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un during a rally on April 26, 2018 in Seoul.

Bishop: With historic Inter-Korean Summit, 'God answered our prayers'

Apr 27, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Local bishops called the Inter-Korean Summit an answered prayer after the leaders of the two Koreas signed a peace agreement... Read more

The photo of the boy from Nagasaki that the Pope shared with journalist.

On flight to Chile, Pope gives journalists photo showing 'fruits of war'

Jan 15, 2018

En route from Italy to Chile on Monday, Pope Francis told journalists of his concerns about war, and especially the... Read more

Pope Francis answers questions aboard the papal plane, Dec. 2, 2017.

Pope Francis: We’ve reached an ethical limit to nuclear weapons

Dec 2, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Aboard his flight from Bangladesh to Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis said that the destructive potential of nuclear weapons is... Read more

What does the Church really teach about nuclear war?

A Vatican conference discussing “A World Free From Nuclear Weapons,” held Nov. 10-11, is the latest step in a long-term... Read more

Nuclear missles.

Vatican, secular leaders: Global action needed to prevent 'nuclear holocaust'

Nov 10, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Friday, leading Vatican and secular diplomats urged world leaders to freeze investment into nuclear arms production, and to instead... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square for the general audience Sept. 21, 2016.

Pope Francis: Despite naysayers, there's hope for a nuke-free world

Nov 10, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a key speech on the global effort to eradicate nuclear arms, Pope Francis called the weapons immoral and said... Read more

Vatican to host nuclear disarmament conference

Nov 7, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican is preparing for a conference on nuclear disarmament this week in the wake of an international effort to... Read more