ROME — Pope Francis received John Kerry in private audience at the Vatican Monday, where the two discussed the importance of combating climate change for the good of the planet.
Kerry, in Rome as United States presidential envoy for climate, praised the pontiff for his leadership on the topic of climate change and suggested that fighting global warming is a key element of Christian morality.
Pope Francis has “remarkable leverage” on the question of climate change, Kerry asserted in an interview with journalists, “because he has constantly been an outspoken and engaged advocate on this issue, he believes it very deeply.”
“He’s very troubled by where we are, and where we are not, and where we should be,” Kerry added. “I think he’s thinking about ways he can continue to have an impact on it, I’m sure.”
“We talked about that and I’m very confident about…