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Climate: Bishops of Europe, Asia and Oceania sign statement for urgent action against global warming

The presidents of continental bishops’ conferences are making an urgent appeal in the Vatican to tackle climate change. They ask for action to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees and for the next United Nations climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, in December to be “a milestone in the path set out in 2015 in Paris”. The statement will be signed today by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa and President of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE); by Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC); by Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez, President, CELAM, Archbishop of Bogota; by Monsignor Peter Loy Chong, Archbishop of Suva and president of the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania (FCBCO); by Mgr. Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg and President of the Bishops’ Conferences of the EU (COMECE); and by Mgr. Gabriel Mbilingi, Archbishop of Lubango and president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). The launch will take place tomorrow in the Marconi Hall of Palazzo Pio (Piazza Pia, 3) at 11.00am. Attending the press conference will be: Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich, and Joseph Moeono-Kolio, a young climate change activist from Samoa who is attending the Synod of Bishops on young people as an observer.

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