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An engineering technician in the control room on board Vanguard-class submarine HMS Vigilant, one of the UK's four nuclear warhead-carrying submarines (PA)

Ahead of Parliament vote on Trident renewal, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said deploying nuclear weapons ‘does not fit within the Just War tradition’

The Royal Navy's 16,000 ton Trident-class nuclear submarine Vanguard (PA)

The bishops suggested the $272 billion cost of replacing the aging arsenal of nuclear weapons could not be morally justified

Bishop Oscar Cantu delivers the homily during a special Mass for peace in the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki (CNS)

Bishop Oscar Cantu visited Japan for the 70th anniversary of the devastating bombings

Doves fly over the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park as Hiroshima marks the 70th anniversary of the US atomic bombing (Photo: PA)

Bishop Cantu says support for nuclear disarmament in America is declining

'The negotiations involved Iran and what is often referred to as the P5+1 group' (PA)

Sanctions will be lifted in exchange for an agreement by Iran to restrict its nuclear programme

An international inspector checks an uranium enrichment plant in Iran last year (CNS)

Bishop Oscar Cantu says framework is a milestone in the negotiations to curb ‘unacceptable prospect of Iran developing nuclear weapons’

Pope Francis (PA)

Pope Francis used his Easter message to call for global elimination of nuclear weapons

Pop Francis speaking at the Vatican this week (CNS)

Francis has called on world leaders and people of faith to work together to rid the world of the threat of nuclear weapons

The religious leaders meet at the Ayatollah Marashi Najafi Library in Qom, Iran, in March (CNS/ Stephen M Colecchi)

Ongoing dialogue planned to discuss role of faith leaders in influencing issue of Iran’s nuclear programme