July 1, 2013

Catholics concerned about the size of the world's nuclear weapons inventory welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to reduce the size of America's nuclear arsenals if Russia agrees to similar cuts.

Obama announced in Berlin June 19 that he would seek cuts "by up to one-third" from the current 1,550 weapons in strategic arsenals.

The number of weapons deployed on long-range missiles, bombers and submarines was negotiated under the New START treaty ratified in 2011.

"We strongly applaud this direction of President Obama and really feel it's an enormous, progressive step," said Bishop Richard Pates, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace.