Faith and science meeting ‘a no-brainer’

Archbishop Paul Gallagher at a news conference at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

The Vatican is partnering in an event that will bring together scientists and leaders of the world’s religions ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) in November. Source: CNA.

“Faith and Science: Towards COP26” will take place October 4 at the Vatican. The event has been organised by the British and Italian embassies to the Holy See.

At a press conference on June 17, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States, said it was “highly likely” that Pope Francis would participate in the October meeting given his commitment to the issue of climate change.

The conference will include more than 30 leaders from the world’s major religions and 10 leading scientists, Sally Axworthy, British ambassador to the Holy See, said.

She said faith leaders already played a key role in building momentum for COP21 in 2015, and she and the Italian ambassador, Pietro Sebastiani, wondered if the same thing could be done for COP26, which takes place on November 1-12.

Archbishop Gallagher described the faith and science meeting as a “no-brainer”.

“The sense of urgency is rising,” he said, “more and more crises affect us: economic, social, food crises. Everything is coming together in a sort of perfect storm.”

“This is a great opportunity to work together. And I think in the preparation of this conference, the work that has been done – mainly in a series of webinars – has shown the value of working together: that working together is positive, that it does produce results.”


Religious leaders, scientists to convene at Vatican ahead of climate summit (By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA)


COP26: ‘Faith and Science’ event to highlight efforts against climate crisis (Vatican News)

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