Hopes are rising that Pope Francis may visit Glasgow this November
Though no official confirmation has been given, there are increasing signs from the Vatican that the Pope is keen to visit the Dear Green Place for the United Nations Climate Change Conference CoP 26. At a press conference in late May Cardinal Turkson, a senior Vatican official, said he could not confirm that he would join a Vatican delegation at CoP 26, but that ‘the request has been made and addressed to him’. he added there have been discussions of Francis and ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of eastern orthodox Christians known as the “Green Patriarch,” attending the climate summit together. The conference will be a key point in the battle with climate change, with the governments of the world seeking a deal that will move our civilization onto a greener footing and prevent devastating temperature rises. Earlier In the month the US climate envoy John Kerry privately spoke with the Pope on Saturday while on a tour through Europe, and told the press he believes Pope Francis “intends to come”.