Pope Francis on WW3: 'The Coming Nuclear War Will Effect Entire Human Race'
Religious leader says world war three is around the corner
Pope Francis has said that the world has been lulled by a "false sense of security" warning that a nuclear World War 3 is "around the corner" and will affect the entire human race.
The Pope acknowledged that the world is now on the brink of nuclear war and has urged people around the world to expect a coming "holy war".
Pope Francis added: "Nor can we fail to be genuinely concerned by the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental effects of any employment of nuclear devices."
The daily star reports: Pope Francis was speaking at an International Symposium, "Prospects for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament", organized by the Vatican.
The conference follows the "Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons", signed by 122 countries including the Pope in New York on July 7, 2017.
It determined that nuclear weapons are not only immoral but should be regarded as an illegal means of warfare.
The Rome conference saw 11 Nobel Peace Laureates, UN and NATO representatives, diplomats and experts on armaments and weapons attend.
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Also, there was Masako Wada, assistant secretary general of Nihon Hidankyo, one of the last survivors of the Hiroshima's nuclear attack, representing the victims of nuclear weapons and of nuclear experiments.
Pope Francis referred explicitly to the "witness" of the survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, together with other victims of nuclear arms testing.
He said: "May their prophetic voice serve as a warning, above all for coming generations."
He warned of the risk of accidental detonation, condemning the threat of the use of nuclear weapons as well as their very possession.
Pope Francis said: "For they exist in the service of a mentality of fear that affects not only the parties in conflict but the entire human race.
"International relations cannot be held captive to military force, mutual intimidation, and the parading of stockpiles of arms.
"Weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, create nothing but a false sense of security.
"They cannot constitute the basis for peaceful coexistence between members of the human family, which must rather be inspired by an ethics of solidarity.
"Furthermore, weapons that result in the destruction of the human race are senseless even from a tactical standpoint.”
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There is a reason people fear nuclear war – the weapons are now so powerful they could wipe out humanity. The bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima are tiny by comparison to the destructive power of modern nuclear weapons – which are thought to be over 3000 times more powerful.
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International law has not stopped new states from joining those who already have them.
The Pope said: "The resulting scenarios are deeply disturbing if we consider the challenges of contemporary geopolitics, like terrorism or asymmetric warfare."