CNA Staff, May 15, 2021 / 08:00 am (CNA).
Pope Francis met with U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry on Saturday.
At the time of publication, the Vatican had released no information about what the two men discussed, though it noted the audience in its daily bulletin and released photographs of the meeting.
Pope Francis is reportedly considering a visit to Glasgow for the climate conference, and local authorities are said to be preparing for the possibility.
Ahead of his meeting with the pope, Kerry delivered a keynote speech at the “Dreaming of a Better Restart” conference, a closed-door meeting in Vatican City on May 14.
Alongside @SecYellen and @KGeorgieva, I was honored to speak today at a seminar hosted by @CasinaPioIV at the Vatican’s high-level “Dreaming of a Better Restart” conference. It is imperative to mobilize public and private sector finance to reach our climate goals.
— Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry (@ClimateEnvoy) May 14, 2021
The conference, hosted by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, included panel discussions on debt relief for developing countries and climate action to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit).
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Raj Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, both spoke at the Vatican event via video link.
Economists Jeffrey Sachs and Joseph Stiglitz came to the Vatican to take part in the one-day event, as did economic ministers from Mexico, Argentina, Spain, France, and Germany.
Kristalina Georgieva, the managing director of the IMF, and Félix Tshisekedi, head of the African Union, were also featured speakers.
Kerry, a baptized Catholic, previously met Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2014 and 2016, when he served as U.S. Secretary of State during the Obama administration.
He also met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States, during his last visit.
The 77-year-old diplomat visited St. Peter’s Basilica on the morning of May 14, where he was shown Michelangelo’s Pietà up close.
After meeting with Italian and Vatican officials in Rome, the climate envoy will travel to London to meet with U.K. government representatives hosting the COP26 summit and then to Berlin to meet with German officials.
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