Pope praises Japan's work against nuclear proliferation
November 29, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI spoke out against nuclear proliferation during a November 27 meeting with a new ambassador from Japan to the Holy See.
The Pope told the new envoy, Hidekazu Yamaguchi, that Japan “should be cited as an example because of its constant support for political solutions to avoid the proliferation of nuclear arms.” Noting that the world will soon observe the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Holy Father said that the observances will be “an insistent reminder to us of the need to persevere in efforts to promote disarmament and the non-proliferation of nuclear arms.”
Pope Benedict also took note of Japan’s economic power, and encouraged the country’s government to continue its “financing of development and other forms of assistance” to developing countries.