Pope appeals to world leaders to renounce nuclear weapons

Pope appeals to world leaders to renounce nuclear weapons
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Pope FrancisPope FrancisPope Francis names first woman to senior Vatican diplomatic post Benedict warns about celibacy in new book seen as warning to Francis Pope urges US, Iran to seek 'dialogue and self-restraint' 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 rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE’s visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korea replaces its foreign minister: report Brent Budowsky: The patriotic duty of Senate Republicans US ambassador: 'I was personally surprised' North Korea did not send 'Christmas gift' 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.