More than 200 Christian leaders from nine denominations have called on the UK government to cancel the plans to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system, as the world remembers the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
August marks 75 years since the nuclear bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities at the end of the Second World War. Hundreds of thousands of people died and countless more were left injured, with many people continuing to live with the effects of the bombing to this day.
Those who have signed a statement, coordinated by the Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, include the Archbishop of York and the Roman Catholic Archbishops of Liverpool and Birmingham. Other Bishops are among the signatories.
The statement, which was coordinated by Christian CND, says that nuclear weapons are “contrary to the teaching of Jesus Christ” because of their “capacity to indiscriminately kill millions of our brothers and sisters, and to catastrophically destroy God’s creation”.
The statement has now been sent to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and we will share a reply once it is received.