Pope and Merkel discuss climate change on farewell visit to Rome

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Pope Francis and Angela Merkel discussed climate change during the outgoing German chancellor’s farewell visit to the Vatican on Thursday, with Merkel saying she was encouraged that the issue “is being worked on by the holy father.” Francis has made his concerns regarding climate known in the past and recently joined 40 Church leaders in sending a joint appeal to the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, scheduled to start in Glasgow at the end of the month. Merkel also addressed the issue of child abuse within the Church. Ahead of the audience with Francis, she visited an institute of the Ponti…

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