Pope Francis on December 10, 2017, said there is a strong link between human rights and nuclear disarmament, noting the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. His remarks came after the praying of the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square.
“Today the Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons,” the Holy Father said. “This recognition happens to coincide with the United Nations Day for Human Rights, and this stresses the strong link between human rights and nuclear disarmament. In fact, to be committed to the protection of the dignity of all people, in particular the weakest and most disadvantaged means also to work with determination to build a world without nuclear weapons. God gives us the ability to collaborate to build our common home: we have the freedom, the intelligence and the capacity to guide technology, to limit our power to the service of peace and true progress (Cf. Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’, 78, 112, 202.”
© Libreria Editrice Vatican[Original text: Italian] [ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]