Pope appeals to world leaders to renounce nuclear weapons

Pope appeals to world leaders to renounce nuclear weapons
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Pope FrancisPope FrancisEx-Cardinal McCarrick charged with sexual assault of teen The faith community can help pass a reparations bill Pope encourages audience to take a break from stresses of modern life 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 TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE’s visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnKoreas in talks over possible summit: report The Koreas are talking again — Moon is for real, but what about Kim? Koreas restore communication links, vow to improve relations 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.