Pope Francis Calls for Nuclear Arms Elimination in Nagasaki


Nagasaki, Nov. 24 (Jiji Press)--Pope Francis called for the elimination of nuclear weapons during a visit Sunday to Nagasaki, one of the two Japanese cities devastated by the August 1945 U.S. atomic bombings.

The possession of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction is "not the answer" to a desire for security, peace and stability, the pope said in a speech at the hypocenter before a crowd of about 1,000 people including hibakusha, or atomic bomb survivors.

Before the speech, Pope Francis laid a wreath of flowers and prayed silently for the victims of the atomic bombing that took place in Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945.

He arrived in Japan on Saturday, becoming the first pope to visit the country since the 1981 trip by Pope John Paul II.

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