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Vatican, British government join in pledge to fight poverty, climate change

Catholic World News - September 18, 2010

After a “working dinner” on September 17, leading officials of the Holy See and the British government issued a joint statement calling for more action to address world poverty and climate change.

A joint communiqué issued after the meeting said that “more needs to be done to address the unnecessary suffering caused by hunger, diseases and illiteracy.” The statement also called for “the promotion of the right to life, food, health and development for all.”

The communiqué also expressed a mutual conviction that there is an urgent need “to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” and switch to a "low-carbon economy," in response to the threat of climate change.

The Friday-evening discussions involved Vatican officials who had accompanied Pope Benedict on his trip to Britain and their counterparts in that nation’s government. (Pope Benedict himself did not take part in the meeting.) The Vatican delegation was led by Cardinal Tarscisio Bertone, the Secretary of State. Foreign minister William Hague was the top British official present.

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  • Posted by: impossible - Sep. 19, 2010 11:56 PM ET USA

    How on earth could the Vatican (some people within the Vatican) get suckered into the man made global warming hoax? At least it's comforting to know that infalibility does not apply to this junk science any more than predicting the next winner of the Super Bowl. Please God, help us.

  • Posted by: FredC - Sep. 18, 2010 12:00 PM ET USA

    Apparently the pope believes that man has a major, or at least significant, impact on global warming. Many reputable scientists do not agree. Where is the proof? But those who want totalitarian control certainly like having the pope on their side.

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