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Vatican hosting high-level symposium against nuclear weapons via Vatican Radio

The Vatican is hosting a two-day high-level international symposium on a nuclear-weapons-free world this week, in the backdrop of an escalating face-off  between  the US and North Korea.  Eleven Nobel peace laureates, top United Nations and NATO officials, leading experts, ‎heads of  major foundations and of civil society organizations, as well representatives of bishops conferences, Christian denominations and other faiths are attending the November 10-11 conference in the Vatican on, “Prospects for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament“. ‎

The symposium is the fruit of the efforts of Pope Francis against arms, particularly nuclear weapons. In announcing the conference on Oct. 30, Greg Burke, the Director of the Holy See Press Office said, “The Holy Father is working with determination to promote the conditions necessary for a world without nuclear arms.”   

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The International Conference will be attended by 11 Nobel Peace Laureates, UN and NATO Top Representatives, diplomats from the Russian Federation, United States, South Korea, Iran, as well as top experts on armaments and weapons and the heads of  major foundations and of civil society organizations that for a long time have been actively engaged in this issue. Representatives of Episcopal Conferences, of Christian denominations and of other faiths, a delegation of Senior Professors and students from US and Russian universities, will attend this Vatican event.

Particularly significant will be the presence of Masako WADA, Assistant Secretary General of Nihon Hidankyo, one of the last survivors of the Hiroshima’s nuclear attack, who will represent the victims of nuclear weapons and of nuclear experiments.

From the Holy See will participate the Secretary of State, His Em. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and  the leadership of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

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