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Canadian Catholic bishops show world leadership in condemning nuclear weapons

By Douglas Roche      

Canadian Catholic bishops have done a double service in nudging their fellow bishops around the world and waking up Canadian foreign policy at a critical moment.

Pope Francis, pictured back in 2014, directed the Holy See to be among the first to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted at the UN in 2017, writes Douglas Roche. Photograph courtesy of the UN/Eskinder Debebe

Canada’s Catholic bishops have bravely stuck their necks out in a formal statement by solidly backing Pope Francis’s condemnation of the possession of nuclear weapons, and blasting NATO and the nuclear weapons states for continuing “to shirk their legal obligation … to pursue good faith negotiations toward the elimination of nuclear weapons.”

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