Pope Wishes Success to Copenhagen Talks

Notes Importance of Human Dignity, Common Good

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VATICAN CITY, DEC. 6, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is wishing success to world leaders gathering in Denmark seeking a global pact on climate change, recalling that the way to protect the earth must include respect for God’s laws and the moral dimension of human life.

The Pope today mentioned the U.N. conference after praying the midday Angelus. The talks in Copenhagen are set to start Monday and run through Dec. 18.

Some 190 nations will be represented at the biggest climate change meeting in history. Representatives are seeking a pact to replace the one established in 1997. 

«I hope that the work will help to identify actions respectful of creation and favorable to solidary development founded on the dignity of the human person and oriented toward the common good,» the Holy Father said. 

He affirmed that to safeguard creation, people must change their lifestyles. And he defended the interests of the poor and future generations.

«I invite all persons of good will to respect the laws placed by God in nature and to rediscover the moral dimension of human life,» the Pontiff concluded.

The Holy See is among the states that will be represented at the Copenhagen talks. Its delegation is led by Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See’s permanent observer at the United Nations.

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