Pope Francis, the leader of Catholics in the world, said during the message flow of the international conference in Oslo called “Peace in the world”: This conference is being held while our world is still on the verge of the third world war, which could be a nuclear war.
The Pope also said that the world is on the verge of a nuclear war like the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, which brought the world close to an atomic annihilation.
This international conference was held in Oslo to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s declaration of “world peace”. This influential statement was published when the Cuban Missile Crisis was taking shape.
Using this conference to focus on parts of this statement and with the aim of addressing the issue of disarmament and ways to achieve lasting peace, the leader of the Catholic world said: A world free of nuclear weapons is possible and necessary.
He also recalled his statement at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in 2019 when he said: Using nuclear energy for war purposes and possessing such weapons is immoral.
Regarding conventional weapons, Pope Francis also said that these weapons should only be used for defensive purposes and not directed at civilian targets.