Pope Francis Climate Change Requires Quick Agreement

Francis has called for a quick consensus to address climate change and ecological issues. Speaking in the Vatican, he said that the world is at a critical juncture. The Pope’s speech coincided with an announcement by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that he would convene a summit meeting of world leaders on September 23rd to discuss climate change and sustainable development.

Pope Francis on Thursday 16 June appealed for a quick and binding agreement to address climate change and ecological issues. Speaking in the Vatican, he said that the world is at a critical juncture. The Pope’s speech coincided with an announcement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that he would convene a summit meeting of world leaders on September 23rd to discuss climate change and sustainable development.

Sooner or later, we will begin to implement these policies and actions to ensure the common good, said Pope Francis. Today, I ask you to continue your discernment, regarding our responsibility for future generations.

The Holy Father’s appeal was directed at participants of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which also marked its closing today. During the mass, he said I ask you to go forth and to become ‘ambassadors of mercy’. Go out into the world and bring hope to everyone! Where there is injustice, may we bring justice where there is discord, may we bring harmony where there is hatred, may we bring love.

The Jubilee of Mercy – the Holy Father continued – prepared each of us to become a sign and agent of communion, forgiveness, and mercy. He went on to suggest that the Church needed such an authentic witness more than ever because we live at a time in which people must rediscover the value of mercy and forgiveness.

Pope Francis will issue a message for the World Day of Peace on January 1st, 2017, in which this year’s theme is ‘Fraternity, the foundation, and pathway to peace.

The Secretary-General noted that there was even greater urgency to make progress due to recent incidents such as terrorist attacks and increased tensions between countries. He also urged world leaders to address conflicts, poverty, and other pressing global concerns.

The Secretary General’s message was contained in a video released by the United Nations that showed him with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, June 15th. This emphasized their shared conviction for greater solidarity between countries and regions.