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eNewsletter Subject: From the nuclear option to joyful expectation

An old song that became a World War I anthem says it is “a long, long way to Tipperary”, and so it must have seemed to Irish boys far from home.

Today we must navigate the even longer way between the destructive power of nuclear weapons and our joyful expectation of the coming of Christ in Advent (see our Advent Workshop).

Pope Francis condemned the very existence of nuclear weapons on Friday in an address entitled A World Free of Nuclear Weapons.

This is well worth our reflection. But as Phil Lawler suggests, perhaps there is a bit of the usual pontifical hyperbole involved: On nuclear weapons, Pope Francis goes beyond all previous papal teaching.

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