Catholics to press nuclear weapons ban at U.N. treaty review conference

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April 25, 2015

Woman waves flag during nuclear weapons protest outside Scotland naval base

A woman waves a flag during a nuclear weapons protest April 13 outside Faslane Naval Base in Helensburgh, Scotland. Various Catholic representatives, including the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations, planned to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, which was to open at the U.N. April 27. (CNS photo/Joey Kelly, EPA)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — It was April 11, 1963, as the Catholic Church was in the midst of the Second Vatican Council, that St. John XXIII issued his landmark social encyclical “Pacem in Terris” (“Peace on Earth”) that included a call for a verifiable ban on nuclear weapons.

More than 50 years later, the Holy See continues to make the moral case for nuclear disarmament.

The Vatican’s most recent public comment came in December at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons.

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