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Pope appeals to world leaders to renounce nuclear weapons

Pope appeals to world leaders to renounce nuclear weapons
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Pope FrancisPope FrancisThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden search for undecided voters in final stretch Pope Francis names first Black US cardinal, Wilton Gregory The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Iran, Russia election bombshell; final Prez debate tonight MORE on Monday reportedly urged world leaders to renounce nuclear weapons during his trip to Japan, where he visited the only two cities to experience atomic bomb attacks.

“[I] invite all persons of good will to encourage and promote every necessary means of dissuasion so that the destruction generated by atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki will never take place again in human history,” Francis told dignitaries including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to Reuters

Francis also reportedly said that dialogue was “the only weapon worthy of man and capable of ensuring lasting peace.” 

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Abe said Japan was committed to a world free of nuclear weapons, according to Reuters. 

Francis’s urging comes as North Korea continues to test missiles, even after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE’s visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnOvernight Defense: Biden nets military family endorsements | Final debate features North Korea exchange | Judge refuses to dismiss sexual assault case against top general Biden: Obama wouldn't 'legitimize' North Korea with meeting How Trump and Biden contrast on foreign policy MORE earlier this year. 

Francis, who backs a United Nations treaty aimed at a nuclear weapons ban, will also discuss nuclear devastation during his Monday meeting with Emperor Naruhito, Reuters reports.