Pope calls nuclear weapons possession indefensible and perverse

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Pope Francis delivers a message on the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park in Nagasaki, Japan, November 24, 2019. Information/Issei Kato

NAGASAKI (Information) – Pope Francis, talking in one of many solely two cities hit by atomic bombs in historical past, appealed for the abolition of nuclear weapons on Sunday, saying their mere possession was perverse and indefensible.

“The possession of nuclear and different weapons of mass destruction is just not the reply (to longings for peace),” Francis mentioned in a message delivered at Nagasaki’s Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park, floor zero of the bomb the USA dropped on Aug. 9, 1945, immediately killing 27,000 folks.

“Our world is marked by a perverse dichotomy that tries to defend and guarantee stability and peace by way of a false sense of safety sustained by a mentality of worry and distrust,” he mentioned, talking in a driving rain.

“Peace and worldwide stability are incompatible with makes an attempt to construct upon the worry of mutual destruction or the specter of complete annihilation,” he mentioned. He additionally decried what he mentioned was a dismantling of non-proliferation treaties.

Nagasaki was the second metropolis to be hit by an atomic bomb throughout World Conflict Two. Afterward Sunday, the pope was as a result of go to Hiroshima, website of the primary blast, which immediately killed about 78,000 folks.

About 400,000 others ultimately died of radiation sickness and accidents attributable to the 2 bombs, which the USA dropped in an effort to finish the conflict.

Reporting By Philip Pullella, modifying by Elaine Lies