Archbishop Wester releases text of pastoral letter calling for nuclear disarmament

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Archbishop John C. Wester early this morning [January 11] released his pastoral letter “Living in the Light of Christ’s Peace: A Conversation Toward Nuclear Disarmament” and later held a livestreamed press conference to discuss the letter’s contents. 

During the press conference Archbishop Wester said for him personally the time is now for his letter because when he came to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, he saw right away the disparity here and “the challenge we have as New Mexicans”. 

“Here is where the nuclear arms race in many ways began – the manufacture of nuclear armaments – and having been in Japan and seeing the devastation that was caused by them. I think there’s that sense and again it’s such an important topic that we really can’t dally,” he said.

Full text of the pastoral letter

Here’s the link to the video. Please advance 6 minutes from the beginning of the recording to the beginning of the News Conference.

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