Pope Francis waves as he boards an aircraft at Fiumicino International Airport in Rome on September 6, 2017, as he prepares to travel to Colombia. (AFP / Andreas SOLARO)
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The Vatican Friday hosted Nobel laureates, U.N. and NATO officials and a handful of nuclear powers at a conference aimed at galvanizing support for a global shift from the Cold War era policy of nuclear deterrence to one of total nuclear disarmament.Organizer Cardinal Peter Turkson told the audience hall Friday that the gathering was planned well before President Donald Trump began his Asia trip, where the North Korean nuclear threat has been at the forefront of his agenda.Drawing laughs from the largely secular audience, Turkson said it was "divine providence" that the conference and U.S. president's trip coincided.The conference is the first major international gathering since 122 countries approved a new U.N. treaty in July calling for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons.
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