VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A commitment to defending and protecting human life requires a commitment to ending wars and to promoting nuclear disarmament, Pope Francis said.
“Using nuclear weapons is immoral,” the pope said in a video message released Nov. 18. The video was a greeting to the people of Japan in advance of the pope’s arrival there Nov. 23.
“The theme chosen for my visit is ‘Protect All Life,'” the pope said in the video. The bishops of Japan chose the theme from the prayer Pope Francis wrote to conclude his encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.”
In the video, the pope said that the “strong instinct, which resonates in our hearts, to defend the value and dignity of every human person acquires particular importance in the face of the threats to peaceful coexistence that the world faces today, especially in armed conflicts.”
Japan knows “the suffering caused by war,” he said. “Together with you, I pray that the destructive power of nuclear weapons will never again be unleashed in human history. Using nuclear weapons is immoral.”
The people of Japan also know how important it is to promote a “culture of dialogue and fraternity, especially among the different religious traditions,” the pope said, adding that he hoped his visit would encourage people “on the path of mutual respect and encounter.”
Expressing his hope “to appreciate that great natural beauty that characterizes your nation,” the pope said he also would encourage efforts “to promote and strengthen the protection of life that includes the earth, our common home.”
In a time to build, CatholicPhilly.com connects people and communities
As society emerges from the loss and separation of the pandemic, CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you join in our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103