The politically tense situation does not stop with the Pope: Pope Francis addressed the public on Tuesday with great concern, he fears a Third World War and therefore also a nuclear war. He also makes a comparison with the situation during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.
In a message to Curia Cardinal Peter Turkson published Tuesday, the church leader wrote, according to Kathpress: “Our world is still in a piecemeal Third World War, and in the tragic case of the conflict in Ukraine, this includes the threat of of nuclear weapons.”
Concerns about widespread nuclear destruction
The Pope continued: “The current moment is ominously reminiscent of the phase (…) when the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962 brought the world to the brink of widespread nuclear destruction.” Since then, the number of nuclear weapons and destructive power has increased.
Francis underlined his belief that the military use of nuclear weapons and the possession of nuclear weapons are immoral.
The pope wrote the message on the occasion of an ongoing meeting of the Pontifical Social Academy, which Turkson heads. The conference is about the 60th anniversary of the 1963 peace encyclical “Pacem in terris” (Peace on Earth) by the then Pope John XXIII. she wrote under the influence of the Cuban missile crisis and the nuclear arms race.
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