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Pope Francis on Saturday called on lawmakers around the world to overcome the “narrow limits” of partisan politics to reach a consensus on fighting climate change.

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Pope addresses parliamentarians who were in Rome for a preparatory meeting United Nations annual climate conference, which begins on 31 October in Glasgow, Scotland.

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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 convention, which experts agree An important opportunity to tackle the threat of global warming.

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“To meet this challenge, everyone has a role to play,” Francis told lawmakers from several countries. “This is especially important, and really important, of political and government leaders.”

“Changing direction will require great wisdom, foresight and concern for the common good: in a word, the fundamental qualities of good politics,” Francis said.

Francis said that he had previously intended 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.

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The Pope expressed hope on Saturday that the efforts of lawmakers at the climate summit and beyond “will be illuminated by two important principles of responsibility and solidarity.”

“We are indebted for this to the youth, to 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.

“His Holiness’s leadership is a source of joy and hope for Catholics and all people, challenging each of us to be good stewards of God’s creation, to act on the climate, to embrace and recognize refugees, migrants and the poor. There is dignity and divinity in everyone,” Pelosi said in a statement after her audience with Francis.

He called the pontiff’s 2015 encyclopedia “a powerful challenge to the global community to act decisively on the climate crisis with a particular focus on the most vulnerable communities” to protect the environment.

The statement said that during their meeting, Pelosi expressed her gratitude for the “extreme moral clarity and urgency that His Holiness has shown as the climate crisis continues.”