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CURRENT ISSUE:  May 10, 2010
VOL. 48, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA
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Pope calls for full nuclear disarmament

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI asked world leaders to work calmly and seriously to control the spread of nuclear weapons “in the prospect of their complete elimination from the planet.”

At the end of his weekly general audience May 5, the pope made his appeal to participants at the U.N. Review Con-ference of Par-ties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, being held in New York May 3-28.

Designed to promote nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and an equitable development of peaceful nuclear energy, the treaty can succeed only if nations respect the commitments they made in signing it, the pope said.

“Peace, in fact, rests on trust and on respect for the obligations assumed and not only on a balance of forces,” he said. “In that spirit, I en-courage the initiatives aimed at progressive disarmament and the creation of zones free from nuclear arms in the prospect of their complete elimination from the planet.”

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