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Bishops: India should not take part in arms race

August 20, 2013

Recalling that 50 years have passed since Blessed John XXIII issued Pacem in Terris, his encyclical on peace, the Office for Justice, Peace and Development of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India warned the nation against taking part in an arms race.

India and Pakistan have engaged in a nuclear arms race for decades.

“India – the largest importer of arms in the world, and one of the 24 countries that abstained from the UN Arms Trade Treaty – particularly needs to learn right lessons from what Pacem in Terris says about Arms Race,” the office said in a statement.

Quoting the encyclical, the office added that “justice, right reason, and the recognition of man’s [/woman’s] dignity cry out insistently for a cessation to the Arms Race.”


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