Vatican City (NWN) – Pope Francis on Saturday called on lawmakers around the world to break away the “narrow limits” of partisan politics to reach a consensus on fighting climate change.
Pope addresses lawmakers in Rome for a preparatory meeting ahead of the UN’s annual climate conference, which begins on 31 October in Glasgow, Scotland.
Francis referred to a joint appeal he and other religious leaders signed this week that calls on governments to commit to ambitious goals at the UN conference, which experts believe An important opportunity to tackle the threat of global warming.
“Everyone has a role to play in meeting this challenge,” Francis told lawmakers from several countries. “This is especially important, and really important, of political and government leaders.”
Francis said, “Changing direction will require great wisdom, foresight and concern for the common good: in a word, the fundamental qualities of good politics.”
Francis said in a recent interview that he intends to attend the upcoming COP26 conference of the United Nations, but the Vatican announced on Friday that he would not attend and that the Vatican delegation would be led by the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
No explanation was given, but Pope, 84, had intestinal surgery in July. In an interview with the Spanish Bishops’ Conference broadcast last month, Francis said he was back to normal, but that he conditioned his presence in Glasgow to continue to recover.
The Pope expressed hope on Saturday that the efforts of lawmakers in the context of the climate summit and beyond “will be illuminated by two important principles of responsibility and solidarity.”
“We owe it to the young, the generations to come,” he said.
Taking care of humanity’s “common home”, Francis said, is “not merely a matter of discouraging and punishing unfair practices, but, and above all, encouraging new paths to be pursued” that are climate-preserving. are better suited to the objectives and contribute “in the positive outcome of COP26.”
Before his speech, Francis gave a private audience to the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
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