Vatican to host ‘summit’ on climate change, development

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April 16, 2015

Trees line banks of creek along Pomeroon River in interior of Guyana

Trees line the banks of a creek along the Pomeroon River in the interior of Guyana in this March 18 photo. The Catholic Church supports the efforts of scientists to study the causes and effects of climate change and insists governments and says businesses must get serious about specific commitments for protecting the environment. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With the participation of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences is hosting a summit, “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity,” at the Vatican April 28.

The focus of the workshop, with more than 60 environmental experts invited, will be the moral dimensions of climate change and sustainable development.

“The desired outcome is a joint statement on the moral and religious imperative of sustainable development, highlighting the intrinsic connection between respect for the environment and respect for people — especially the poor, the excluded, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, children and future generations,” said a statement by organizers.

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