Pope Francis has the moral authority to influence public opinion on global warming, said US Special Climate Ambassador John Kerry after meeting with the Pope on Saturday (15).
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The US ambassador to Argentina met with the Pope at the Vatican the day after he met with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
“The pope is one of the legitimate reasons and has a moral authority on the issue of climate crisis,” Kerry said, adding that he hoped the pope would attend the conference.
“It simply came to our notice then. All the leaders in the world must unite and each country must do its part, ”he added.
The Pope’s participation in the conference from the Vatican was not immediately confirmed.
“Because he is above politics and beyond national conflicts, I think he can provoke people a little bit and bring our common good to a well-understood debate,” Kerry said.
John Kerry is on a week-long trip to Europe, with scheduled meetings with government officials and business leaders in Italy, Britain and Germany, and in the Vatican City ahead of the summit.
Francisco has made numerous calls for environmental protection since he became pope in 2013, and has repeatedly called on governments to take drastic measures to combat global warming and reduce the use of fossil fuels.
The Pope today called climate change “one of the major challenges facing humanity” and blamed industrialized countries for the crisis, while defending that developing countries face its consequences.
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