Holy See welcomes treaty on nuclear arms

The Holy See has welcomed the Draft Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Arms, adopted at the United nations on 7 July. Monsignor Silvano Maria Tomasi, Delegate Secretary of the Dicastery at the Service of Integral Human Development, said “this very important vote is a new step in the search for peace.”
According to zenit.org, Monsignor Tomasi recalled that “for some years, certain States, including the Holy See, have worked to arrive at banishing not only the usage but also the possession of nuclear arms. To acquire and possess nuclear arms or explosive nuclear devices is truly unacceptable,” he stressed. “And with this Treaty, it can no longer be done.”
Zenit.org further reports that ‘Monsignor Tomasi noted that “nuclear dissuasion is no longer acceptable: we must take note that this mutual menace of death is not the way that the human family must use; the route to use is that of collaboration and the search for a permanent dialogue through effective international structures. Security is guaranteed by dialogue and not by force.”’
The text will be open for ratification on September 20 and will come into force if signed by 50 countries.