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Pope tells Greta to carry on her fight

April 17, 2019

The teenage climate activist and the leader of the world's Catholics agree that the world needs to fight climate change. Pope Francis gave his blessing for Thunberg's fight for the climate.

Swedish "Fridays for Future" activist Greta Thunberg is greeted by Pope Francis after his weekly audience at Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican.
Image: picture-alliance/Catholic Press Photo

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg met briefly with Pope Francis on Wednesday.

The teenage environmentalist sat in the front row of the pope's general audience in St Peter's Square when the two spoke.

"Thank you for standing up for the climate and speaking the truth. It means a lot," she told him.

"God bless you, continue to work, continue. Go along, go ahead," he responded.

Speaking after the meeting, Thunberg told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter: "He was very friendly. He smiled the whole time."

Read more: Fridays for Future announces ambitious climate goals for Germany

Common cause

The leader of the world's Catholics and Thunberg more or less see eye to eye on climate change. Francis has urged the world to protect the environment, even writing a 2015 document on fighting climate change.

Since then he has advocated for the reduction of fossil fuels and calling for the world to convert to clean energy.

Thunberg has inspired a generation of children to strike against climate change and hold regular protests against global inaction on the matter. Thunberg has chastised global leaders for not treating the threat of climate change as a life-threatening emergency.

On Tuesday she called on the EU to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 50% in 10 years.

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aw/msh (dpa, Reuters)

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