« Pope Francis is one, if not the great voice of reason in the fight against global warming. On this subject, he was ahead of his time. On Pope Francis, John Kerry, the President’s special climate envoy, is full of praise. During a trip to Europe, the aim of which is to meet members of the government of different countries to strengthen cooperation in terms of the fight against global warming, John Kerry met Pope Francis on Saturday May 15th, during a private audience.
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After the meeting, the former Democratic candidate for the US presidential elections spoke to Vatican News, in an interview partly in French. He recalled the crucial role of the Pope in matters of ecology, in particular through the encyclical Laudato Si ‘: “ this encyclical is a very powerful, eloquent and very convincing document in terms of morality. »
For John Kerry, himself a Catholic, it is because he is “ above politics and outside the ‘hustle and bustle of everyday life’ That the Pope has such a singular voice. ” I think he can shake people up a bit, and bring them to the negotiating table with a better sense of their common obligations. »
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But John Kerry recalled the efforts that his country must continue to provide in the fight against global warming, while the United States, the second largest emitter of carbon emissions, represents 11% of emissions worldwide. . “ Each country has a responsibility to be part of the solution to the problem. And I think His Holiness Pope Francis, when he speaks with authority and convincingly as he does, can push everyone to be more ambitious in the struggle for a more sustainable world. »
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John Kerry and Pope Francis had not seen each other for four and a half years. Their last visit was in December 2016, when Kerry was Secretary of State to President Barack Obama.