Rome/Glasgow. Pope Francis will not personally visit the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow. The Holy See was announced on Friday. It said that instead of the head of the church, the Vatican delegation would be led by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. The summit, which is considered crucial in the fight against the climate crisis, runs from October 31 to November 12.
It was never officially announced that Francis would fly to Scotland. However, the Pope himself said in an interview with a Spanish radio station in early September that his visit had been planned. “It all depends on how I feel then,” he said at the time. “The plan is that I’ll be there.”
Pope’s campaign against climate change
Francis has been campaigning for the fight against climate change for years and spoke about it in a private audience with outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on Thursday.
Along with about 40 other church leaders, he this week signed an appeal to the international community to intensify the fight against the climate crisis and global warming in line with COP26.
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