The Roman Pontiff said this during a visit to Nagasaki.
Pope Francis has urged world leaders to abandon nuclear weapons and the doctrine of nuclear deterrence inherited from the cold war. As the Roman Pontiff said on Sunday, stockpiles of nuclear weapons lead to a weakening of security and expenditure of funds, posing a threat to humanity.
During a visit to Nagasaki – the second (after Hiroshima) Japanese city to be atomic bombed – Pope Francis condemned the termination of nuclear arms control treaties.
Laying a wreath at the monument to the victims of the bombing, the Pontiff stressed that this place is a stern reminder “of the pain and horror that people are capable of inflicting on each other.”
“Being convinced that a world without nuclear weapons is possible and necessary, I ask political leaders not to forget that these weapons cannot protect us from existing threats to national and international security,” the head of the Roman Catholic Church said.
Pope Francis visited Nagasaki (and later Hiroshima) at the start of a three-day trip to Japan intended to be an expression of his call for a global ban on nuclear weapons.
It is noted that the place to start the visit is chosen as accurately as possible: Nagasaki-the city where the spread of Christianity in Japan began, and it was on it in 1945 that the atomic bomb was dropped.
Recall that the Holy See signed and ratified a new treaty banning nuclear weapons, initiated by the UN, and Pope Francis went further in condemning nuclear weapons than any previous Roman Pontiff, saying that even the possession of nuclear weapons in itself is reprehensible.
Speaking on Sunday, the Pope did not mention the 2017 Treaty, but said the following:
“One of the deepest aspirations of the human heart is the desire for security, peace, and stability. The possession of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction is not the answer to this aspiration; in fact, it seems to always undermine it.”