Vatican’s moral opposition to nuclear weapons aired on Capitol Hill

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April 29, 2015

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) See WASHINGTON LETTER April 24, 2015.

A woman waves a flag during a nuclear weapons protest. (CNS photo/Joey Kelly, EPA)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Saying that nuclear weapons increase instability and reduce security, the Holy See’s permanent representative to the United Nations reiterated the Vatican’s call for the abolition of such weapons to a congressional committee.

Money spent on building, maintaining and upgrading nuclear weapon systems would go a long way to making the world more peaceful if the funds were used to better the lives of people around the world, Archbishop Bernardito Auza told the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations April 28.

The archbishop explained that the Vatican has always opposed the possession and use of nuclear weapons on moral grounds and that church leaders have become concerned that in recent years limited progress has been made toward the goal of nuclear disarmament.

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