August 6th and 9th, 2020 mark 75 years since the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki endured the use of atomic weapons. The New START Treaty between the United States and Russia is set to expire in February 2021, and we could lose the progress we’ve made toward nuclear disarmament. Now Congress is considering funding nuclear testing readiness, allowing the moratorium on nuclear testing to expire. This is the time to raise your voice to national leaders to work against rising nuclear threats.
Under New START, long-range deployed nuclear warheads were reduced to 1,550 each and robust on-site inspections were held. If New START expires, there would be no legally binding, verifiable limits on the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals for the first time since 1972.
Pope Francis is continuing a long history of Catholic teaching in calling for the elimination of indiscriminate and disproportionate weapons of mass destruction, including U.S. bishops’ support of a ban on U.S. nuclear weapons testing. Pope St. John XXIII called for a global ban on nuclear weapons in 1963 and subsequent popes have reiterated this goal. Pope Francis says “a world without nuclear weapons is possible and necessary.”
Urge your elected officials to support extending the New START Treaty and a continued moratorium on nuclear testing.