Archbishop Wester at the UN!
NEW YORK — Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico, brought his summons to begin meaningful conversations to achieve full nuclear disarmament to the annual United Nations prayer service.
Addressing U.N. delegates and staff as well as representatives of nongovernmental organizations at the Church of the Holy Family Sept. 12, Wester reiterated his urgent invitation first made in a pastoral letter he issued in January.
The event, coordinated by the Vatican’s permanent observer mission to the U.N., was held on the eve of the opening of the 77th session of the U.N. General Assembly.
As he did in the letter, “Living in the Light of Christ’s Peace: A Conversation Toward Nuclear Disarmament,” the archbishop called for dialogue about the threat nuclear weapons pose to the planet and outlined necessary steps to dismantle the world’s nuclear arsenal in order to uphold the biblical “ideal of right relationships.