U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon waves next to Peruvian Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal as they arrive for the opening of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, Dec. 9. In a message to Pulgar-Vidal, Pope Francis said the time to solve the problem of climate change "is running out." He also insisted climate change is a serious moral problem. CNS photo/Enrique Castro-Mendivil, Reuters

Time to tackle global warming running out, Pope tells climate summit

By  Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service
  • December 11, 2014

VATICAN CITY - Tackling the problem of climate change is a serious ethical and moral responsibility, Pope Francis told negotiators from around the world meeting for a climate summit in Lima, Peru.

"The time to find global solutions is running out. We can find adequate solutions only if we act together and unanimously," he said in a written message to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru's minister of the environment and host president of the 20th UN Climate Change Conference.

Thousands of negotiators from 195 countries gathered for the meeting in Lima Dec. 1-12 to hammer out details of a new international agreement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that cause global warming.

The Vatican released a copy of the Pope's message Dec. 11.

The Pope encouraged the leaders in their discussions because their instant decisions will "affect all of humanity, especially the poorest and future generations. What's more, it represents a serious ethical and moral responsibility."

The impact climate change already has been having on coastal regions and other areas "reminds us of the seriousness of negligence and inaction," he said. It is morally imperative that people act.

"An effective fight against global warming will be possible only with a collective and responsible answer" that overcomes one-sided or special interests and is "free from political and economic influence," he said.

The Pope said the leaders' response will have to "overcome distrust; promote a culture of solidarity, encounter and dialogue; and be capable of showing responsibility for protecting the planet and the human family."

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The Pope is pushing this Marxist lie now? What a disappointment! The head of the Catholic church, reduced to pushing Marxism. Very, very sad. The Church, too, abandons the middle class. We are alone; sheep amongst wolves.

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Why doesn't the pope stick to divinity, wealth management (the church has lot$) and child molestation?

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I am going to turn away from God because of this pope.

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Unfortunate. The pope is allowing himself to be brought down to the level of politicians with this subject. It is beneath him. God will provide.

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Idiot!

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Sorry, but global warming is a hoax being perpetrated upon the industrialized world to funnel wealth to the Third World...as well as enriching those who are pushing this. This Pope sems more of a socialist than a conservative, and he doesn't...

Sorry, but global warming is a hoax being perpetrated upon the industrialized world to funnel wealth to the Third World...as well as enriching those who are pushing this. This Pope sems more of a socialist than a conservative, and he doesn't care if Western living standards drop.

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Dear Pope Francis,
I know you are a socialist. Man made global warming is a hoax and is just a means to redistribute the wealth. To support the hoax is to lie. That is shameful. Free market capitalism has done more good for the poor, middle...

Dear Pope Francis,
I know you are a socialist. Man made global warming is a hoax and is just a means to redistribute the wealth. To support the hoax is to lie. That is shameful. Free market capitalism has done more good for the poor, middle class and rich than socialism has ever done or ever will.

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I can still be a faithful Catholic and totally disagree with the Pope on this one

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Well, well, I wonder how much Physics the pope took on his way to the Vatican? Not much, I'll bet. As a trace gas with only a logarithmic heating effect at low altitudes, and a cooling effect near space, CO2 can only control climate in a Marxist...

Well, well, I wonder how much Physics the pope took on his way to the Vatican? Not much, I'll bet. As a trace gas with only a logarithmic heating effect at low altitudes, and a cooling effect near space, CO2 can only control climate in a Marxist (Jesuit?) dream of power. Pity Francis bought the lie.

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The press will not attack anyone who supports the left-wing agenda. Hmmm....connection?

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