Seeking a soul mate: Scientists, leaders pin hopes on pope’s encyclical

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April 30, 2015

Marine biologist Jean Wiener meets with high school students in late January to discuss their threatened natural resources along the costal area of Caracol, Haiti. Few papal encyclicals have been as eagerly awaited as Pope Francis' upcoming statement on the environment. (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Goldman Environmental Prize  handout via Reuters) See ENCYCLICAL-PLANS April 29, 2015.

Marine biologist Jean Wiener meets with high school students in late January to discuss their threatened natural resources along the costal area of Caracol, Haiti. Few papal encyclicals have been as eagerly awaited as Pope Francis’ upcoming statement on the environment. (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Goldman Environmental Prize handout via Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon and some climate scientists are banking on Pope Francis to be a unifying moral force to get the world onboard in the fight against global warming.

Even though previous popes have spoken strongly against harming the earth and its inhabitants, one world renowned atmospheric scientist said it is going to be Pope Francis “to save the day.”

Pope Benedict XVI, who has been lauded as the “green pope” for his attention to taking care of creation, “made some amazingly helpful statements on the environment” during his eight-year pontificate, said Veerabhadran Ramanathan, who helped discover in the 1970s that pollutants and other gases, in addition to carbon dioxide, were contributing to the greenhouse effect.

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