Vatican Conference Participants Declare Climate Change a Moral Issue
The Vatican hosted a high-level conference on climate change this week.
A final declaration by participants said that decisive action to mitigate climate change is a moral and religious imperative for humanity.
The conference was organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and Religions for Peace. It was attended by Pope Francis and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, among others.
The Washington Post (4/28) said the conference is viewed as a lead-up to the release of a momentous and much anticipated papal encyclical on the environment, due out this summer.
The New York Times (4/27) said the encyclical will be accompanied by a 12-week campaign in the United States to highlight climate change in sermons, homilies and also media interviews.
A New York Times blog post (4/28) described in more detail what supporters and critics expect from the forthcoming encyclical.
The Huffington Post (4/28) said Pope Francis is due to make a major speech on sustainable development at the United Nations in September. The New York Times (4/28) said he will address several high-level audiences, including the U.S. Congress in September.
President Obama also expects to discuss climate change with Pope Francis when he visits Washington, according to the Wall Street Journal (4/27).