Our Congregation is focusing Gospel Nonviolence following the emphasis on this in the universal church. Sisters Neomi Hayes, Dorothy Ettling, and Martha Ann Kirk spent the last few days of 1999 and the opening of 2000 in a retreat at the Nevada Nuclear Testsite focusing on that and learning more of the evil of nuclear weapons.
“Pope Francis firmly condemned the possession of nuclear weapons for the first time at a Vatican conference on disarmament, a significant move that extends the Roman Catholic Church’s position on the immorality of nuclear weapons.
The Holy See’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development hosted the conference Nov. 10-11 to discuss the steps toward a world without nuclear weapons. Cardinal Peter Turkson, the head of the dicastery, warned of the “increasing drumbeat of a possible nuclear conflagration” and said that a candid conversation is urgently needed on how to move toward a nuclear weapons-free world.
Pope Francis is greeted by participants at a conference on nuclear disarmament on November 10 at the Vatican. (Photo credit: L'Osservatore Romano/Vatican)
“The pope’s comments reflect a notable shift on the issue of possession of nuclear weapons. Although the Roman Catholic Church has consistently advocated for the abolition of nuclear weapons, it has accepted nuclear deterrence on a limited basis. . .