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Pope Francis urges UN conference to ‘act without delay’ on climate change

November 15, 2016

The international community has a “serious ethical and moral responsibility to act without delay” in combating climate change, Pope Francis said in a message to COP22, the UN climate conference taking place in Marrakech, Morocco.

In his message, dated November 10 and released November 15, Pope Francis encouraged those taking part in their conference in their work of implementing last year’s Paris climate-change agreement.

Citing the need for “the promotion of lifestyles aimed at favoring sustainable models of production and consumption,” the Pope called for a “culture of protection” of one’s neighbor as well as of creation.


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  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Nov. 16, 2016 11:23 PM ET USA

    He doesn't seem to get too worked up about pro-aborts using the fantasy of environmental disasters as a pretext for assuaging their repressed guilt from having supported the extermination of inconvenient lives.

  • Posted by: laurencejohn3444 - Nov. 16, 2016 4:57 PM ET USA

    "act without delay’ in combating climate change" There is NO man made climate change. This is a hoax perpetrated by the Population Control crowd, who the Church should really be focused on opposing. They worry that if we truly HELP the third world become self-sufficient by providing them with the power generation necessary to build an infrastructure and agricultural development, that they would then demand control over their own natural resources, currently being exploited to their detriment.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Nov. 15, 2016 11:34 PM ET USA

    Wow! Is this guy rigid or what? Must have something to hide, like not answering straightforward Yes/No questions. Let's try a non-theological one: Global Warming statistics have been cooked (pun fully intended) by scientists needing grant support and/or simply waxing political. Yes/No. Sorry, I find it increasingly difficult to play nice.

  • Posted by: eft945309797 - Nov. 15, 2016 6:47 PM ET USA

    Yay! No more World Youth Days. No more papal airplane flights with press interviews. Oh. I misread. The *UN Conference* needs to do something about climate change.

  • Posted by: ALC - Nov. 15, 2016 5:09 PM ET USA

    I really wish this Pope would spend as much energy and focus on rebuilding the Faith in the Catholic Church. When there are 70% of Catholics who do not believe in the Real Presence, I think climate change is not in the same league. And, the climate varies constantly and goes in cycles throughout history. Really, that is not the most important thing the Church can spend its time and resources on.

  • Posted by: Bernadette - Nov. 15, 2016 4:57 PM ET USA

    I wish the pope would stick to issues more within his purview and knowledge.

  • Posted by: feedback - Nov. 15, 2016 12:31 PM ET USA

    "Global warming" first needs a solidly scientific and honest assessment, without any politically motivated contamination.

  • Posted by: MWCooney - Nov. 15, 2016 11:32 AM ET USA