Inspired by Pope Francis's latest encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, we're running a full-page ad in the National Catholic Reporter to tell our Catholic President, Senators, and Representatives to take concrete steps now toward eliminating nuclear weapons.

The text of the ad appears below. Will you sign on to show your support for starting now to eliminate nuclear weapons, and make a donation to help us cover the publication cost?

We're requesting $25 for each individual signature and $50 for each organization. Any amount is gratefully accepted, and if you can add a little extra, we’ll meet our costs that much sooner. We're aiming for the June 11, 2021, edition, and NCR requires three weeks of lead time, so please act now by signing on, making a donation, and spreading the word through your own networks.

To sign on, contribute online by May 15 or by mail by May 8. Here’s how:

To sign on with a donation, click the Donate button below and fill in the requested information, including how you want your (or your organization’s) name to appear in the ad. Then click “Donate Now” at the bottom of the screen.

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The text of the ad follows (click here to download it as a PDF file). The ad includes a link to a background paper with more information.

Tell Our Catholic President and Members of Congress:

Start Now to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons!

In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis reiterated the Church’s complete opposition to nuclear weapons, describing the total elimination of nuclear weapons as “both a challenge and a moral and humanitarian imperative.” The Holy See was one of the first countries to ratify the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which went into effect on January 22, 2021.

Join us in urging President Biden and Catholics in Congress to take prompt action to:

  • Take all nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert and adopt a no-first-use policy.

  • Rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran without preconditions.

  • End wasteful spending on the modernization of our nuclear arsenal and delivery systems and redirect the funding to human security needs.

  • Reduce the number of deployed nuclear warheads by at least ten percent per year, challenging the other nuclear-armed nations to do the same.

  • Use the extension of the New START treaty to negotiate further deep cuts in the nuclear arsenals of the U.S. and Russia, as required by the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

  • Ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. 

For a background paper and information on contacting your elected officials, click here.