27 July 2011


In a clear rejection of the concept of nuclear deterrence, Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the Representative of the Hoy See (Vatican) to the UN stated that "Viewed from a legal, political, security and most of all - moral - perspective, there is no justification today for the continued maintenance of nuclear weapons."

Speaking to a diocesan gathering in Kansas City, USA, the Nuncio drew attention to the unresolved problem of 20,000 nuclear weapons located at 111 sites in 14 countries. He pointed out that more than half the population of the world lives in a nuclear-armed country and that each year,nations spend $100 billion on maintaining and modernizing their nuclear arsenals.

"With development needs across the globe far outpacing the resources being devoted to address them, the thought of pouring hundreds of billions of additional dollars into the world's nuclear arsenals is nothing short of sinful" he said.

The full text of Archbishop Chullikatt‘s speech can be found at the website of the National Catholic Reporter

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