COP26: the Pope warns that “time is running out”


“Time is running out,” warns Pope Francis in a letter to Catholics in Scotland, released earlier this week by the Archdiocese of Glasgow. In his message, Pope Francis prays for “wisdom and strength” for leaders at the COP26 meeting on the environment, warning that the opportunity of the COP26 conference, “must not be wasted, for fear that we were to face God’s judgment for our failure to be faithful stewards of the world He has entrusted to us. “

Read the full text of Pope Francis’ letter to the people of Scotland:

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

As you know, I had hoped to attend the COP26 meeting in Glasgow and spend some time, however briefly, with you. I regret that this was not possible. At the same time, I am delighted that today you join in prayer for my intentions and for the fruitful outcome of this meeting intended to address one of the great moral questions of our time: the preservation of the creation of God, given to us as a garden to cultivate and as a common home for our human family.

Let us implore the gifts of wisdom and strength from God on those charged with leading the international community as they seek to meet this grave challenge with concrete decisions inspired by responsibility to present and future generations. Hurry up ; this opportunity should not be wasted, lest we face God’s judgment for our failure to be faithful stewards of the world He has entrusted to us.

Today we celebrate the feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, which, as the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, symbolizes the Church’s communion in faith and charity with the See of Peter. I am deeply moved that on this day I can express to you and to all the Catholics of Scotland my affection in the Lord and my encouragement to persevere in your proven fidelity to the Lord and to his Church. I greet you from the bottom of my heart and assure you of my prayers for you and your families, for the young, the elderly, the sick and those who are in any way suffering the effects of the pandemic.

I ask you, in a special way, to pray for me and for my brother bishops on this feast of our communion in the service of the Gospel and the construction of the unity of the Church. In these difficult times, may all of Christ’s disciples in Scotland renew their commitment to be convincing witnesses of the joy of the Gospel and of its power to bring light and hope to every effort to build a future of justice and brotherhood. and prosperity, both material and spiritual.

With these sentiments, dear brothers and sisters, I assure you once again of my prayers for you and your families, as well as for your parishes and communities. As I entrust you all to the loving intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, I gladly give you my blessing as a pledge of permanent joy and peace in the Lord.

Rome, Saint John Lateran, November 9, 2021


Key words: COP26, Pope Francis, Letter to the People of Scotland

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