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Papal Visit

Pope Francis will not travel to Scotland for the COP 26 summit. The Vatican delegation will, instead, be led by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Pope's Secretary of State.

The Holy Father has said in previous interviews that he had hoped to visit the city for only a few hours to attend the COP26 gathering to address world leaders before returning to Rome.

The Pope has repeatedly emphasised the moral dimension of the climate emergency and the obligation of all to help protect the planet.

Earlier this year in a message for Earth Day he said: “We have the instruments. This is the moment to act. We are at the edge.We need to ensure that the environment is cleaner, purer and that it is conserved. We must care for nature so that nature may care for us."

Last modified on Thursday, 14 October 2021 10:31