Pope Francis visited Japan between 23rd and 26th November. He spent time in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Pope Francis took the opportunity to speak up clearly against nuclear weapons in a speech in Hiroshima and again in Nagasaki saying, ‘a world without nuclear weapons is possible and necessary’.
Pax Christi International’s Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Working Group and the Asia-Pacific Facilitation Group jointly drafted a statement to coincide with this important opportunity to advocate for an end to nuclear weapons.
Pax Christi’s National President, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, also released a statement:
‘Here is an opportunity for the leaders of nuclear weapons-possessing countries such as the United Kingdom to demonstrate creative, moral courage.’
We pray for a change of heart among those world leaders who have been so slow to act on this issue.