Pope calls on world leaders to avert nuclear war
Pope Francis (Photo:REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane)
The current situation in the world is similar to the Caribbean crisis that took place 60 years ago, and so politicians must make diplomatic efforts to defuse nuclear tensions over the war in Ukraine, Pope Francis said on Oct. 25, as reported by U.S.-funded media Voice of America.
“Today the threat of what we feared and hoped that it would never return is obvious: the use of nuclear weapons, which, even after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, continued to be produced,” the Pope said.
According to the Pope, influential world leaders and their plans don’t take into account security concerns of ordinary people.
“Today, the world order has been seriously disturbed, attacked and trampled,” the pontiff added.
“And this is happening in Europe – the same continent that experienced the horrors of two world wars, last century.”
He added that while armed conflicts continued since WWII, causing bloodshed and impoverishing the Earth, the situation that the world is experiencing now is particularly dramatic.
On Oct. 24, Commander of Ukraine’s Ground Forces Oleksandr Syrsky said Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin's threats to use nuclear weapons should be taken seriously.
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