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Food for thought in pope's speech to diplomats

Pope Francis this week delivered his annual “state of the world” talk to the diplomatic corps at the Vatican. It was one of his more far-ranging speeches, and his comments touched on several topics of particular interest to the United States: — North Korea. The pope repeated his call to settle any international disputes by negotiation and agreement, not by recourse to arms, and added: "In this regard, it is of paramount importance to support every effort at dialogue on the Korean peninsula, in order to find new ways of overcoming the current disputes, increasing mutual trust and ensuring a peaceful future for the Korean people and the entire world." — War and peace. More generally, the pope

Pope Francis and nuclear deterrence

As 2017 drew to a close, the potential for nuclear destruction was clearly on the mind of Pope Francis. During the Christmas season, the Vatican circulated a card reproducing a dramatic photo from the aftermath of the U.S. bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945. Taken by Marine photographer Joseph O’Donnell, it showed a boy carrying his dead brother on his back as he waited in line at a crematorium. On the reverse of the card is the phrase “The fruits of war” and the pope’s signature. The image reflected a deep concern that the pope has expressed on numerous occasions since his election in 2013: that nuclear deterrence, once seen as a necessary evil, may in fact be a path to global disaster. In

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