Pope Francis backs movement to ban chemical weapons
Pontiff meets OPCW chief27 September, 16:43
Lombardi made the comments after Francis met with Ahmet Urumcu, director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Urumcu had requested to meet the Pope before the use of chemicl weapons in Syrian became a major international issue. The Vatican already has a permanent diplomatic representative with the OPCW, Lombardi said. "Both the adherence of the Vatican City to the (international chemical weapons) convention and today's audience are an encouragement to the activity the organization carries out in their attempt to ban chemical weapons," Lombardi said.