POPE FRANCIS LEARNS OF EFFECTS OF JAPAN'S FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR PLANT DISASTER
The accident occured at the plant in March 2011
Pope Francis has met with victims of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster and called for the world to rethink its reliance on nuclear power as it considers the planet it wants to leave to future generations.
Francis recalled that Japan's Catholic bishops called for the abolition of nuclear power plants in the aftermath of the "triple disaster", in which three reactors at a nuclear plant in Fukushima melted down after an earthquake triggered a tsunami.
The meltdown coated the area in radioactive fallout and at one point forced the displacement of 160,000 people.
Nine years later more than 40,000 people still cannot return home.
Francis did not make the call to abolish nuclear power in his speech before victims.
But in citing the position of Japanese bishops and his own calls for lifestyle changes that consider the environment, he made clear that "important decisions will have to be made about the use of natural resources, and future energy sources in particular".Published: by Radio NewsHub