Pope Francis, speaking at Nagasaki, Japan, made a powerful speech condemning nuclear weapons, including their possession for the purpose of so-called deterrence. Here is the full text of the speech. The pope then also spoke with survivors of the 2011 triple disaster — earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown.
Of the pope’s remarks on nuclear power, the Japan Times reported:
The pope did not directly call for the abolition of nuclear power plants, but he did note that Japanese bishops have called for the “immediate abolition” of such plants since the triple meltdowns in Fukushima.
“Our age is tempted to make technological progress the measure of human progress,” he said. “So it is important to pause and reflect on who we are … and who we want to be.