Scottish bishops brief on Pope’s visit to climate summit

  Scottish bishops brief on Pope's visit to climate summit

A spokesman for the Scottish Bishops’ Conference has given further details about a planned papal visit to the climate summit in Glasgow in early November. Therefore the Scottish bishops did not plan public gatherings with the Pope.

A spokesman for the private Catholic media network “Catholic News Agency” (CNA/EWTN) said on Tuesday that he expected only a very brief meeting with the head of the church. The Pope is arriving as a guest of the British government and will likely “only have a few hours to attend the COP26 conference in Scotland”.

Predecessors celebrated large open-air church services

Earlier, there was speculation in the British media about a possible large open-air church service with Pope Francis at Belhouston Park in Glasgow. There, in 2010 and 1982, his two predecessors, Benedict XVI. And John Paul II held a mass celebration.

A spokesman for the Scottish bishops announced earlier in July that the pope would come, but would remain in Scotland “only for a very short time”. The Vatican has yet to make a statement about Francis’ visit to Glasgow.

How does Francis participate?

For some time there has been speculation about the 84-year-old’s visit to Glasgow, the 26th conference of member states of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the “Conference of the Parties” – COP26 – for short. US Climate Protection Commissioner John Kerry said in mid-May – without details – after Francis’ visit that the Pope wanted to participate. A video message from the Pope to the participants of the conference will also be possible.

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The COP26 conference planned for 2020 was postponed due to the pandemic. Now the plan is from 1 to 12 November.


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