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Pope Francis Calls for Nuclear Disarmament

A World Free From Nuclear Weapons

The Vatican Conference on Disarmament
Edited by Drew Christiansen, SJ & Carole Sargent

With an address by Pope Francis and contributions from seven Nobel Peace Prize laureates
“An important contribution to the debate and discussion about the path toward disarmament, for a range of communities.”
—Kenneth R. Himes, OFM, professor of theological ethics, Boston College
“A World Free from Nuclear Weapons demonstrates the role that the religious community can play in an important public policy discussion and how it might contribute to a political movement. The volume will interest anyone examining the relevance of religious actors in public life.”
—George A. Lopez, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
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On November 10, 2017, Pope Francis became the first pontiff in the nuclear era to take a complete stand against nuclear weapons, even as a form of deterrence. At a Vatican conference of leaders in the field of disarmament, he made it clear that the possession of the bomb itself was immoral. A World Free from Nuclear Weapons presents the pope's address and original testimony from Nobel Peace Prize laureates, religious leaders, diplomats, and civil society activists.

These luminaries, which include the pope and a Hiroshima survivor, make the moral case against possessing, manufacturing, and deploying nuclear arms. Drew Christiansen, a member of the Holy See delegation to the 2017 United Nations conference that negotiated the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, helps readers to understand this conference in its historical context.

A World Free from Nuclear Weapons is a critical companion for scholars of modern Catholicism, moral theology, and peace studies, as well as policymakers working on effective disarmament. It shows how the Church's revised position presents an opportunity for global leaders to connect disarmament to larger movements for peace, pointing toward future action.

Drew Christiansen, SJ, is Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Human Development at the Walsh School of Foreign Service and a senior fellow at its Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, both at Georgetown University. He serves as a frequent consultant to the Holy See and as a member of the steering committee of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network.

Carole Sargent is a literary historian of early modern women's political thought and founding director of Georgetown University's Office of Scholarly Publications. She has presented with Drew Christiansen at the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas in Rome, Italy, on Catholic sisters who are active in nuclear disarmament.

August 2020
152 pages. 6 x 9.
Paperback 9781626168046 $24.95

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