Today, January 22, 2021, the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons officially goes into effect. One hundred and twenty-two nations, including the Vatican, signed the historic treaty in 2017, and in October 2020 the necessary fifty nations needed to implement it ratified the treaty. It was a moving testament to the solidarity of the global community, 75 years after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to rid the earth of nuclear weapons.
To reconcile the nations and to heal the earth
For the past 40 years, the Missionary Society of St Columban has called for abolition of nuclear weapons, rooted in our missionary experience in Japan and in fifteen other countries, including four of the nine nations that currently possess nuclear weapons.