Francis will not chair an official group on his trip to Scotland for the climate summit

Francis will not chair an official group on his trip to Scotland for the climate summit

francesco You will not celebrate mass in public during your visit Glasgow from next november United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), jointly organized by the United Kingdom and Italy from the 1st to the 12th of that month.

“I can confirm that the Scottish bishops have no intention of having a mass celebration with Pope Francis in November,” he said on Tuesday. Peter KearneySpokesperson of the Bishops of Scotland, II acipensa. This is how he responded to some press reports about an outside party as he did Juan Pablo II in 1982 and Benedict XVI in 2010.

But it is no longer a pastoral visit, but the Pope is traveling at the invitation of the United Kingdom, which is organizing the visit details: “We know there will be only a few hours for the COP26 meeting in Scotland, and so both will be some time to meet with the scottish bishopsKearney said.

However, you will do it in the presence of world leaders. The 120 heads of state or government are expected to be delayed by a year due to the coronavirus. He confirmed his presence Joe Biden, Principe Charles England ns Greta Thunberg, as well as the United States Special Envoy for Climate Change, former Secretary of State john kerry.

A spokesman for the Scottish Bishops concluded that “the Catholic Bishops of Scotland welcome the prospect of meeting Pope Francis when he attends COP26 in Glasgow in November” that pastoral, ecumenical and interfaith meetings would be desirable, Time is running out and unfortunately such a complete program will not be possible“.

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Among the preparatory events for COP26, the Vatican is preparing for the conference Faith and Science: Towards COP26Organized by the Embassies of Italy and the United Kingdom for the Holy See.

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