Vatican would see US Paris deal exit as slap in face

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The Vatican scorned United States President Donald Trump over his decision to exit the USA from the Paris Agreement.

The outspoken Argentine bishop said that Trump's action, coming shortly after a meeting with Pope Francis, was "a slap in the face for the Vatican".

"Sánchez Sorondo said he believes the USA oil lobby "maneuvered" Trump into opposing the global climate pact, which includes almost 200 nations".

Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, the chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, said that President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord is "a disaster for everyone".

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"When large countries like the USA deny the reality of the climate crisis, and pull out of commitments holding us accountable for doing our part to curb global temperature rise, we are turning our backs on the poor and vulnerable, which goes directly against our Franciscan-Christian values". The United States, during President Barack Obama's tenure, was committed to a reduction of its own emissions by 2025, from 26 percent to 28 percent.

"We stand proudly, as Jews who cherish the Earth, to object in the strongest terms to the President's shortsighted and damaging decision".

The Paris accord was signed by nearly 200 nations in 2015. The bishop believes that Trump was influenced by the USA oil lobby.

Canada, the European Union and China have said they will honor their commitments to the pact if the United States withdraws.

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Pope Francis has not made any public comment so far on Mr. Trump's decision, but he has already made his position abundantly clear on the question of climate change in the encyclical "Laudato Si'" and in his comments around the U.N.'s COP21 summit on climate change in Paris in 2015, the sources added.

"Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming, or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it", Francis said in the encyclical. These must be done to fight the specter of global warming, The leaders of the world must act quickly to confront a global problem carrying grave implications.

According to Reuters, "Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin urged Trump in a separate meeting not to quit the Paris accord". He thanked the pontiff for the global leadership he has shown on climate change and the pair...

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