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Even the possession of nuclear weapons is now irrational, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis says mere possession of nuclear weapons is now ‘irrational’  Telegraph UK Associated Press 3 DECEMBER 2017 

The Cold War-era policy of nuclear deterrence is no longer viable and that the mere possession of nuclear weapons is now “irrational”, Pope Francis has said.

“We’re at the limit of licitly having and using nuclear arms. Why? Because today, such sophisticated nuclear arsenals risk destroying humanity or at least a great part of it,” he said en route home following his trip to Bangladesh.

Amid increasingly heated rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea, the Pope s told a nuclear disarmament conference last month that mere possession of nuclear weapons was to be condemned, given the risks, and that the only viable path forward was total disarmament.

He  said he wanted to pose the question as a pope: “Today, is it legitimate to keep nuclear arsenals as they are? Or to save creation, to save humanity today, isn’t it necessary to go back?”
Earlier he  defended his public silence in Myanmar over the plight of Rohingya refugees, saying a public denunciation would have “slammed the door in the face” of his hosts and prevented his overall message from being heard……. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/03/pope-francis-says-mere-possession-nuclear-weapons-now-irrational/
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December 4, 2017 - Posted by | General News

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