‘HU­MAN­ITY RISKS SUI­CIDE’: POPE

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Pope Fran­cis warned Mon­day that “hu­man­ity risks sui­cide” with the in­creased threat of nu­clear con­fronta­tion be­tween the United States and North Korea — a threat that will dom­i­nate a Vatican con­fer­ence gath­er­ing 11 No­bel peace lau­re­ates, top UN and NATO of­fi­cials and am­bas­sadors from key coun­tries.

The Pope has al­ready urged Wash­ing­ton and Py­ongyang to step back from the brink of war and ac­cept me­di­a­tion ef­forts by oth­ers, telling re­porters in April that “a good part of hu­man­ity” would be de­stroyed if ten­sions on the Korean penin­sula es­ca­lated.

On Mon­day, Fran­cis vis­ited staff of the Vatican of­fice or­ga­niz­ing the Nov. 1011 con­fer­ence and warned that “hu­man­ity risks sui­cide” with nu­clear war, Flaminia Gio­vanelli, un­der­sec­re­tary in the of­fice, told Vatican Ra­dio.

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