Cardinal Parolin to Attend COP26 for Holy See

Announced by Matteo Bruni, Director of the Vatican Press Office

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The Director of the Holy See Press Office announced today that Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin will travel to Glasgow, Scotland, to represent the Holy See at the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP26).

Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican Press Office, told journalists on Friday that Cardinal Parolin will take part in the session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

COP26 is scheduled to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, from October 31 to November 12.

Mr. Bruni said, “I can specify that the delegation will be led by His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of His Holiness.”

“I think we are all aware that the harm we are doing to the planet is no longer limited to damage to the climate, water, and soil, but now threatens life itself on earth,” Pope Francis said this week.

He gave this sobering warning yesterday as he launched inaugurated a new cycle of studies at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, dedicated to ecological and environmental issues, in conjunction with the Patriarchate of Constantinople and UNESCO. This comes in the wake of the recent pre-meeting of faith leaders and scientists in advance of the COP26 meeting in Glasgow.

“Openness to interdependence and sharing, the dynamism of love, and a call to respect,” were the themes projected by the Holy Father on October 4 to a group of world leaders before the upcoming COP26 meeting.

The meeting “Faith and Science: Towards COP26” was promoted by the Embassies of Great Britain and Italy to the Holy See together with Holy See. It was held in the Vatican, in the Hall of Blessing, and brought together religious and scientists from all over the world.

During the meeting, an appeal was signed for participants in the 26th United Nations Conference on Climate Change – COP26, which will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, from October 31 to November 12, 2021. Pope Francis delivered the appeal to Hon. Alok Kumar Sharma, President-designate of COP26, and Hon. Luigi Di Maio, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy.