Pope encourages end to nuclear weapons

On Wednesday morning, Pope Francis reinforced his calls for peace and multilateral cooperation to end nuclear weapons.

At the end of the usual catechesis on Wednesdays, Francisco signaled the entry into force, on Friday, of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

“This is the first internationally legally binding instrument that explicitly prohibits these weapons, the use of which has an indiscriminate impact and that quickly reaches a huge number of people, causing damage to the environment for a long time,” said the Pope of “Laudato Si”.

Francisco therefore encouraged all States and all people “to work with determination to promote the necessary conditions for a world without nuclear weapons” and to contribute “for the advancement of peace and the construction of multilateral cooperation, of which humanity today so much need ”.

The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty was signed in 2017 and has already been ratified by 50 states, including the Vatican. It comes into force on the 22nd of January.

“The ultimate goal of the total elimination of nuclear weapons becomes a challenge, but also a moral and humanitarian imperative,” wrote Pope Francis in the Encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” in October.

The Holy See also ratified the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

Nine countries currently hold nuclear weapons: the United States (USA), Russia, the United Kingdom, France, the People’s Republic of China (the five permanent member countries of the UN Security Council), Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea).

Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey have US nuclear weapons in their territory and dozens of countries, such as Portugal, “belong to military alliances with nuclear capacity and” vocation “, such as NATO”.

Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.

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