This past weekend the conference titled, “Perspectives for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament,” was held at the Vatican. This is the largest international conference on nuclear disarmament since the Nuclear Ban Treaty was adopted this summer.

Out of this conference came Pope Francis’s condemnation of nuclear weapons. He said, “Weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, create nothing but a false sense of security. They cannot constitute the basis for peaceful coexistence between members of the human family.”

Prayer for the Vatican conference

Creator God, We thank your Holy Spirit for inspiring and guiding those who met this weekend in Rome, including the Pax Christi delegation.

Your world is precious but human folly threatens its very existence.

We pray for those whose lives have been destroyed by nuclear weapons and nuclear testing.

We pray for those denied the essentials of life when money is squandered on nuclear weapons production.

We pray that our Church will speak to the world with clarity and wisdom and work with world leaders to ban the development, possession and use of nuclear weapons.

With Pope Francis, we commit ourselves to work for a world without nuclear weapons.

We pray in hope for a world built on just relations and cooperation between people who wish to live in peaceful co-existence.

Amen

Provided by Pax Christi International

Study

Good resources on the Vatican conference and the Nuclear Ban Treaty:

Pope condemns possession of nuclear weapons in shift from church’s acceptance of deterrence, National Catholic Reporter, 11-10-17

Full text – U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Pax Christi International info sheet on the Vatican conference

Action

Yesterday, the first congressional hearing on nuclear weapons since 1976 took place. They are reevaluating the US nuclear weapons process, specifically the protocol surrounding the president’s ability to use them. Advocate to Senate Foreign Relations Committee that we need stricter protocols in place.

Share Pax Christi International’s information about the Vatican’s nuclear weapons conference on social media and to your communities.

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