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World Church leaders call upon COP25 for urgent climate action


Following the recent Synod of the Bishops on Amazonia, the President of COMECE, H. Em. Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, together with other Catholic Church leaders from across all continents, issued a call upon policy makers participating in COP25 for immediate actions to be taken to tackle and overcome climate change.



Church leaders from every continent express their deep concern about the poor state of commitment and implementation of the Paris Agreement. While reaffirming last year’s Rome statement, they urge world politicians to implement the Paris Agreement, promoting policies that would limit the global warming to 1.5°C.


Cardinals and Bishops signatories of the declaration ask the political leaders for policies promoting an ecological conversion towards a sustainable society in order to “save our Common Home”.


If humankind fails to mitigate Climate Change – is explained in the appeal – “tipping points like the one in the Amazon may reach a point of no return, and potentially send the Earth into a spiral of runaway climate change modifying the face of our planet”.


A similar appeal was expressed by H. Em. Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, President of COMECE, during a March 2019 international conference on “Integral Ecology” held at the Georgetown University (USA), and during the Second European Laudato Si’ Reflection Day held in Brussels on June 2019.


The full text of the call is available in English and Spanish.


Photo: Jesús Hellín / Europa Press via Getty Images

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