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Global peace, security demand end to nuclear weapons, pope tells U.N.

VATICAN CITY — Threats to global peace and security must be countered through dialogue and development, not nuclear weapons, Pope Francis told the United Nations.

"How sustainable is a stability based on fear, when it actually increases fear and undermines relationships of trust between peoples," the pope asked in a letter sent to a U.N. meeting on nuclear arms.

U.S. bishop says personal stories in Nagasaki, Hiroshima changed him

A young woman carried a candle in a procession at the beginning of an Aug. 8 interfaith service in Nagasaki, Japan, to commemorate those who died as the result of the U.S. atomic bomb dropped on the city in 1945. Participants in the service included Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M.

NAGASAKI, Japan -- A U.S. bishop who visited Japan for the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki said he is a changed man after having come face to face with survivors of the U.S. bombs.

Nuclear summit stirs new religious expectations from Vatican, activists

VIENNA -- While Vatican officials are busy working with other religious groups in formulating a collective message on nuclear disarmament, no-nukes activists are looking for ways to influence the actions of their faith leaders.

Vatican officials traveled to Vienna for the third international conference to examine the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons Dec. 8-9 and delivered a message from Pope Francis calling for nations with nuclear arsenals to find a way to rid themselves, and the world, of these kinds of arms.

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