Climate deal must be transformative, papal envoy tells leaders in Paris

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December 1, 2015

Smoke billows from the chimneys of power plant in 2014 in Belchatow, Poland. Heads of state discussing carbon emission limits must create a global and "transformative" agreement built on justice, solidarity and fairness, a papal representative told the U.N. climate change conference Nov. 30 in Paris. (CNS photo/Kacper Pempel, Reuters) See COP21-VATICAN-PAROLIN Dec. 1, 2015.

Smoke billows from the chimneys of power plant in 2014 in Belchatow, Poland. Heads of state discussing carbon emission limits must create a global and “transformative” agreement built on justice, solidarity and fairness, a papal representative told the U.N. climate change conference Nov. 30 in Paris. (CNS photo/Kacper Pempel, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Heads of state discussing carbon emission limits must create a global and “transformative” agreement built on justice, solidarity and fairness, a papal representative told the U.N. climate conference in Paris.

Pope Francis has said “it would be tragic” if special interests “manipulated information” and won out over the common good, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said Nov. 30.

The cardinal delivered a speech on behalf of the pope during the Nov. 30-Dec. 11 Conference of Parties, or COP21, in Paris. The Vatican released a copy of the speech Dec. 1.

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