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Climate change: Pope urges action on clean energy

Climate change: Pope urges action on clean energy

Science
Pope Francis has said climate change is a challenge of "epochal proportions" and that the world must convert to clean fuel. "Civilisation requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilisation," he said.He was speaking to a group of oil company executives at the end of a two-day conference in the Vatican.Firms present included ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Norway's Equinor and Pemex of Mexico. Modern society with its "massive movement of information, persons and things requires an immense supply of energy", he told the gathering."But that energy should also be clean, by a reduction in the systematic use of fossil fuels," he said. "Our desire to ensure energy for all must not lead to the undesired effect of a spiral of...
Pope warns on being misled by the pursuit of money

Pope warns on being misled by the pursuit of money

Finance
Pope Francis advised against making the pursuit of money, a career or success the basis for one's whole life, urging people in his Epiphany remarks Saturday to also resist "the inclinations toward arrogance, the thirst for power and for riches."Francis said during a homily at Mass in St. Peter's Basilica that people "often make do" with having "health, a little money and a bit of entertainment."He urged helping the poor and others in need of assistance, giving freely without expecting anything in return.Many Christians observe Epiphany to recall the three wise men who followed a star to find baby Jesus. Francis suggested asking "what star we have chosen to follow in our lives.""Some stars may be bright, but do not point the way. So it is with success, money, career, honors and pleasures wh...
Pope Francis addresses migrant crisis during Christmas Eve mass

Pope Francis addresses migrant crisis during Christmas Eve mass

World
Dec. 25 (UPI) --Pope Francis held Christmas Eve mass on Saturday in Vatican City and made the plight of migrants around the world a focus in his sermon.The pontiff compared migrants' struggles to find safety and security in other lands to the story of Mary and Joseph, who had to hide in a manger to give birth to the baby Jesus because "there was no place for them in the inn," The New York Times reported.Francis said that when Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem, the inn "had no room or place for the stranger from afar." But Jesus, the pope said, "comes to give all of us our document of citizenship."After drawing parallels between today's current events and Biblical stories, Francis addressed the migrant crisis directly."We see the tracks of millions of persons who do not choose to go awa...