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Witness to history: Pope’s rejection of nukes a milestone, says ex-Senator

By Douglas Roche      

Last week’s papal speech is a reversal of a 35-year policy, which in the arcane world of Vatican diplomacy is not easy to do.

Former Independent Senator Douglas Roche with Pope Francis at the Vatican conference on nuclear disarmament last week. Servizio Fotografico-L'Osservatore Romano photograph
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VATICAN CITY—A new milestone in the moral rejection of nuclear weapons was reached at the Vatican last week when Pope Francis “firmly condemned” “their very possession.” The strong language the Pope used in speaking out against the “mentality of fear” and “false sense of security” that drives the new nuclear arms race captured the attention of scores of diplomats and journalists attending a special Holy See conference on nuclear disarmament where he spoke. There can no longer be

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