- LIFE SITE NEWS - 22 Apr, 2021 - David McLoone
The pontiff called the summit 'a beautiful decision to meet, to move forward and I accompany you,' but he did not mention Jesus Christ.
ROME, Italy, April 22, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis joined a slew of world leaders speaking at an online international climate activism event Thursday, convened by President Joe Biden, and geared toward “galvanizing efforts by the world’s major economies to reduce emissions during this critical decade.”
The two-day event, dubbed the “Leaders Summit on Climate,” focuses on a number of different topics, “including emissions reductions, finance, innovation and job creation, and resilience and adaptation.”
Pope Francis was slated under the “Investing in Climate Solutions” umbrella, a segment dedicated to emphasizing “the urgent need to scale up climate finance; efforts to increase public finance for mitigation and adaptation in developing countries; and efforts to shift trillions of dollars of private investment to finance the transition to net zero by 2050.”
Although Francis did speak at the event, his name was replaced with “featured speaker” Thursday morning after being named specifically in a schedule of events for the summit, just hours before he was scheduled to appear. Later, his entry was removed entirely.
No details have yet emerged that explain why his name was removed from the U.S. Department of State’s billing of the event.
The Pope previously committed the “Vatican City State … to reducing net emissions to zero by 2050” to the U.N. virtual Climate Ambition summit in December 2020. Furthermore, he promised that the “Holy See is committed to promoting education in integral ecology,” explaining that this means that “(p)olitical and technical measures must be united with an educational process that favors a cultural model of development and sustainability.”
Francis addressed the elites gathered at Biden’s climate summit by referring to the “initiative” as “a happy one,” later calling the convention a “beautiful decision to meet, to move forward and I accompany you.” He remarked that Biden’s climate summit, hailed as America re-entering “the global climate fight,” “puts us on the road … concretely, to take charge of the custody of nature, of this gift that we have received and that we have to heal, to guard and to carry forward.”
Francis noted the summit as being a steppingstone on the “road towards the Glasgow meeting (UN Climate Change Conference),” which he is billed to make an appearance at later in the year.