Nuclear Weapons

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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

Nuclear explosion.

Vatican at UN: Nukes won't save us – let's seek a better path

Sep 22, 2017

Nuclear weapons are a force for instability and any claims they promote peace are chasing illusions, the Holy See's Secretary... Read more

Nuclear missles.

New petition calls for pro-life support against nuclear warfare

Aug 17, 2017

As political tensions increase between the United States and North Korea, one pro-life group began a petition urging nuclear disarmament... Read more

Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH, July 18-21, 2016.

Priest counters claim that God ordained Trump to nuke North Korea

Aug 11, 2017

A Texas Catholic priest has countered the claim of Texas Baptist pastor and adviser to Trump, Pastor Robert Jeffress, who... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, April 14, 2016.

Vatican conference aims to build momentum for nuclear disarmament

Jul 25, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Nuclear disarmament will be the focus of a Vatican conference this Nov. 10-11, following recent progress toward international bans on... Read more

Seoul, South Korea.

South Korean Catholics rally against use of nuclear power

May 15, 2017

South Korean Catholics are opposing both the country's reliance on nuclear power and the U.S. missile defense system recently established... Read more

Pope Francis aboard the papal plane on April 29, 2017.

Pope Francis talks nuclear war, North Korea during in-flight presser

Apr 29, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

During a press conference Saturday aboard the papal plane from Egypt to Rome, Pope Francis said that in the face... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple in St. Peter's Basilica, Feb. 2, 2015.

Pope Francis: Eliminating nuclear weapons is a moral imperative

Mar 28, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Tuesday, Pope Francis acknowledged the difficulty of totally eliminating nuclear weapons, but said the challenge is still a necessary... Read more

Explosion of nuclear bomb.

After UN action, bishops call for a world without nuclear weapons

Sep 27, 2016

A U.N. resolution against further nuclear weapons tests drew praise from the U.S. Catholic bishops, who repeated their support for... Read more

Scientists and faith leaders agree: It's time to scale back nuclear arms

May 6, 2016

A coalition of scientists and faith leaders has called on President Barack Obama to take “meaningful” steps to reduce the... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

'No to war!' – Pope pushes for nuclear disarmament on atomic bomb anniversary

Aug 9, 2015

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis said the “horrific” atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the icon of man’s destructive misuse... Read more

Nuclear bomb explosion at the Nevada Test Site, April 18, 1953. Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration-Nevada Site Office.

US bishops: without disarmament, nuclear weapons still threaten peace

May 18, 2015

The U.S. bishops have urged more action to ensure nuclear disarmament and to combat the proliferation of nuclear weapons  Read more


No to nuclear weapons, yes to nuclear technology – the Holy See's stance

Apr 28, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In an effort to abolish the production of nuclear weapons worldwide, the Holy See is pushing an agreement – with... Read more

Nuclear Power Plant by Lennart Tange via flickr (CC BY 2.0).

Don't thwart nuclear agreement with Iran, bishop warns Congress

Apr 14, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The head of the U.S. Bishops' international peace committee supports the new framework for Iran's nuclear program and is asking... Read more

 Pope Francis leads a Prayer Vigil for the 2014 Synod on the Family in St. peter's Square, Oct. 4, 2014.

Pope calls victims to be 'prophetic voices' against nuclear war

Dec 10, 2014

By Ann Schneible

In a message to an international gathering on the impact of nuclear weapons, Pope Francis called on victims to be... Read more

The Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Elderly nun sentenced for nuclear site break-in

Feb 19, 2014

Sister Megan Rice of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison... Read more


US bishops support nuclear disarmament, Middle East peace efforts

Jul 2, 2013

In a letter to President Barack Obama, two leaders of the U.S. bishops voiced support for continued efforts towards nuclear... Read more