Additional Reading & Resources


Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, June 2021.
The Hill
We Must End the Nuclear Threat Before It Ends Us

Father Brian Muzás, April 2021.
Seton Hall Magazine
Nuclear Exploration, How religious cultural heritage may have shaped the presidential approach to nuclear arms

Leading Scientists and Catholic Leaders Call on President Biden to Work for a World Free of the Nuclear Threat - (May 12,2021)

Joint Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the Entry into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - CBCJ (Jan 21, 2021)

U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for International Justice and Peace Issues Urgent Call to Extend the New START Treaty - USCCB (Jan 2021)

Bugos, Shannon. (Jan 2021)
Defense One
Biden Should Extend New START — and By the Full Five Years


75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - Publications

The 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: A Renewed Call for Our Day  - USCCB

 75 Years after the War – A Peace Message from the Catholic Bishops of Japan Protect All Life, Peace Is the Path of Hope - The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan

Joint Declaration On Hiroshima Day 2020 - German Commission for Justice and Peace and the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany

75 Years after Hiroshima - How We Can Work toward Pope Francis' Vision - Drew Christiansen, S.J., America The Jesuit Review

OpEd on the 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - Mayor of Nagasaki

Shifting the Nuclear Narartive - Erin Connolly, Berkley Forum

Resources for the 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki  - USCCB

Carlo Trezza, June 2020.
How Many Nukes has the Pope?

Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J., Issue1/2020.
Ethics and Armed Forces: Controversies in Peace Ethics & Security Policy
Waiting for Armageddon: Theological and Ethical Aspects Of Nuclear Deterrence



Maryann Cusimano Love, May 2020.
Arms Control Today
The Papal Vision: Beyond the Bomb


Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J., March 2020.
Berkely Center for Peace, Religion and World Affairs
Time For The Abolition Of Nuclear Arms

David Cortright, April 16, 2020
America, The Jesuit Review
Pope Francis and the U.S. bishops are correct: We cannot engage in a new nuclear arms race

Gerard F. Powers, February 6, 2020
Berkley Forum
The Church and Nuclear Disarmament in a Schizophrenic Time

January 31, 2020
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University
The Pope and The Bomb: Beyond Deterrence Conference

January 30, 2020
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University
Pope Francis' Vision of Peace

Charles Geiser, January 10, 2020
National Catholic Reporter
Twin Inconvenient Truths: Nuclear Arms and Climate Change


Pope In JapanHis Holiness, Pope Francis

His Holiness, Pope Francis, January 9, 2020
Vatican Transcript of Speech to Diplomatic Corps
Pope Francis - Speech to the Vatican Diplomatic Corps

Gerard F. Powers, CPN, Kroc Institute for Int'l. Peace Studies, November 2019.
Quotes related to Pope Francis' visit to Japan and the Pope's statement on nuclear weapons
Pope Francis lands in Japan for the first papal visit in decades, ​​​​​​Fox2Now 
Pope Francis lands in Japan for the first papal visit in decadesCNN
Pope in Nagasaki: No to atomic weapons, deterrence doctrineCP24 Toronto
Pope calls for 'world without nuclear weapons' during visit to NagasakiThe Independent
In Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Pope Francis bids to be “norm entrepreneur”Crux 
Pontiff condems nuclear weaponsTaipei Times

His Holiness Pope Francis, November 24, 2019.
Vatican transcript of Speech at the Atomic Bomb Hypo Center Park, Nagasaki
Message on Nuclear Weapons - Nagasaki

Article on papal visit to Japan, November 24, 2019.
AP News Service
Pope in Hiroshima: Use and Posession of Atom Bomb "Immoral"

Fr Peter-John Pearson, November 22, 2019
South African Catholic Bishop's Conference, Parliamentary Liaison Office
BP 489: Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons Day 2019

Gerard Powers, James Muller, George Lopez, October 2019.
Kroc Cast, Podbean
The Past Present and Future of the Nuclear Disarmament Movement

Maryann Cusimano Love, August 2019.
America Jesuit Review  
"A new nuclear arms race? How the U.S. withdrawing from a treaty with Russia increases the risk"  

German Justice & Peace Commission, Berlin, June 2019.
Position Paper on Nuclear Weapons 
Outlawing Nuclear Weapons as the Start of Nuclear Disarmament

Ernest J. Moniz and  Sam Nunn, 2019.
Foreign Affairs
"Return of Doomsday - The New Nuclear Arms Race and How Washington and Moscow Can Stop It"

Official Statements (1983-present)
"U.S. and European Catholic Bishops Call for Strategy to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons Globally"

Paul Elie, Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Nov. 19, 2019
The New Yorker
The Pope and Catholic Radicals Come Together Against Nuclear Weapons


Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Sept. 2018.
"Religious Leader Advocacy for Nuclear Disarmament"

Drew Christiansen, S.J., May 2018.
La Civilità Cattolica
"The Church Says 'No' to Nuclear Weapons: Pastoral and Moral Implications"

Maryann Cusimano Love, May 2018.
America Magazine
"Trump broke the Iran deal. Can the church help reduce tensions?" 

Gerard F. Powers, May 2018.
Arms Control Today
"Papal Condemnation of Nuclear Deterrence What Next?"


David Cortright, July 2017.
Peace Policy
 "Security without Nuclear Weapons"

Gerard F. Powers, Nov. 2017.
Peace Policy
"The Holy See's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament"

Maryann Cusimano Love, Nov. 2017.
Peace Policy
"Resurrection Politics and Banning the Bomb"

Address of His Holiness Pope Francis, Nov. 2017.
Vatican International Symposium
"Prospects for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament"

Bishop Oscar Cantú, Aug. 2017.
USCCB Letter

Letter Regarding the Crisis on the Korean Peninsula

Tobias Winright, July 2017.
The Tablet
"In Pursuit of the Human Factor: Are the Traditional Principles of a 'Just War' Relevant in an Age of Nuclear Weapons?"

Bishop Oscar Cantú and Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerichm, July 2017.
USCCB and CCEE, Joint Letter ​​
"Nuclear Disarmament: Seeking Human Security"


Nuclear Threat Initiative, 2015.
NTI Video
"The Pope and the Bomb" 

Gerard F. Powers, May 2015.
Arms Control Today
"From Nuclear Deterrence to Disarmament: Evolving Catholic Perspectives," 

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (May 2015)
Audio, Video, Transcripts
 "From Nuclear Deterrence to Disarmament: Evolving Catholic Perspectives" 


Pope John XXIII Papal Encyclical Pacem in Terris 50th Anniversary, Washington D.C., 2013 
"Peacebuilding 2013: Pacem in Terris at 50"

Catholic University of America
"Scholars Explore Pacem in Terris at 50"

Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, May 1988.
The Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs
"The Nuclear Dilemma - the Greatest Moral Problem of all Time" 

USCCB, May 1983.
Pastoral Letter on War and Peace
"The Challenge of Peace: God's Promise, Our Response"