Pope urges world to prevent terrorists from getting weapons of mass destruction

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Pope Benedict is urging the international community to prevent terrorists from getting their hands on weapons of mass destruction.

The pontiff outlined the Vatican's foreign policy priorities in his annual speech today. He says he wants the world to make "a global commitment on security" and keep the weapons secure. He also urges negotiations to continue with Iran over the country's nuclear program. The pope says he wants to see measures in place that would "increase transparency and mutual trust."

Benedict is also urging action to stop the humanitarian crisis caused by cluster bombs. The devices open in flight and scatter dozens of bombs. Some fail to explode, posing a serious hazard to civilians.

The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See says the pope's comments show the U.S. and Vatican have similar foreign policy goals.


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