Practice Relating to Nuclear Weapons
In 1996, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, the Holy See stated:
[T]he Holy See understands that these are steps towards general and total disarmament, which the international community as a whole should accomplish without delay. This progress in achieving nuclear disarmament is augmented by the swelling support of people throughout the world for moving more decisively towards the abolition of nuclear weapons. The Holy See, which has always promoted nuclear disarmament, sees in all this activity signs of hope.
The Holy See would like to invite all States to review their positions in the light of these recent developments. It is not possible to postpone indefinitely the setting of guidelines through a programme to drive the process inexorably towards the elimination of nuclear weapons at the earliest possible time.