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Nuclear deterrence cannot be the basis for peaceful coexistence

· ​Pope Francis' Message to the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons ·

“Nuclear deterrence and the threat of mutually assured destruction cannot be the basis for an ethics of fraternity and peaceful coexistence among peoples and states”. The Pope wrote this in a message to Sebastian Kurz, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria, the country hosting the third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons (8-9 December). Participating in the Vienna meeting are 157 countries and, for the first time, nuclear powers such as the US and Great Britain, who did not take part in the Oslo meeting in 2013 nor in Nayarit, Mexico, in February of this year. In the message, which was read by Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, the Pontiff stressed that it is the young of today and of tomorrow who deserve a “peaceful world order based on the unity of the human family, grounded on respect, cooperation, solidarity and compassion”.

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