Pope appeals to world leaders to renounce nuclear weapons

Pope appeals to world leaders to renounce nuclear weapons
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Pope FrancisPope FrancisJudge in same-sex marriage denied communion at Michigan Catholic church Pope appeals to world leaders to renounce nuclear weapons During visit to Nagasaki, Pope Francis denounces use of atomic weapons 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 TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE’s visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnKim Jong Un cannot afford to fail again Trump: North Korea's Kim has 'everything' to lose 'if he acts in a hostile way' President Trump lacks coherent foreign policy for rogue nations 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.