COP26: The pope will not lead the delegation of the climate conference in Glasgow, the Vatican confirms

It had previously been rumored that the 84-year-old pope would attend the climate conference.

However, the Vatican announced on Friday that the delegation would be led by Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin.

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Pope Francis was expected to be among about 120 world leaders due to attend the event.

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will not travel to Glasgow for Cop26 next month. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP via Getty Images)

Dignitaries will also be in Edinburgh as a result of the climate conference. The Pope, Joe Biden and the Queen will all be based in Edinburgh during Cop26.

The news comes as Britain hosts the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November.

A papal spokesman said: “The answer to journalists’ questions about the Holy See’s participation in the session @ COP26, which was to take place in #Glasgow from October 31 to November 12, the delegation will be led by Hans Eminence Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State on his holiness. ”

On Monday, Pope Francis met with other religious leaders and scholars from around the world in the Vatican to take a common stand on protecting the environment.

During the meeting “Faith and Science: Towards COP26”, the Pope noted that COP26 “represents an urgent call to provide effective responses to the unprecedented ecological crisis and the value crisis we are currently experiencing, and in this way to offer concrete hope for future generations. ”

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