Pope: Stopping climate change, poverty go hand-in-hand

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December 7, 2015

Pope Francis gestures as he leads his Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 6. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) See POPE-ANGELUS-CLIMATE Dec. 7, 2015.

Pope Francis gestures as he leads his Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Dec. 6. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Heads of states at the U.N. climate change conference in Paris must do everything possible to mitigate the effects of both climate change and poverty “for the good of our common home,” Pope Francis said.

“The two choices go together: to stop climate change and curb poverty so that human dignity may flourish,” he said Dec. 6 after reciting the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

The pope said he was closely following the climate conference and thinking about how conference participants are called to respond to the question, “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” The conference participants, he said, must spare no effort in combating climate change for “the good of our common home, of all of us and future generations.”

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