Pope Francis expresses his closeness to people hit by flooding in Vietnam and hopes COP26 will produce effective solutions to climate change, the Vatican News reported.
Prayers for flood victims
“My prayers and thoughts go out to the many families who are suffering, as well as my encouragement for the civil and local Church authorities who are working to respond to this emergency,” said the Pope.
The flooding in central Vietnam was set off by Tropical Depression “Invest” which moved across the Southeast Asian nation.
COP26: Hear cry of earth and poor
Pope Francis also recalled the opening on Sunday evening of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
Over 30,000 activists, political leaders, journalists, and others are gathering in the Scottish city to kick start efforts to combat climate change and limit global warming.
“Let us pray that the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor might be heard,” said the Pope. “May this encounter give effective responses, offering concrete hope to future generations.”
He then mentioned a Laudato si’-themed photographic exhibition which opened on Sunday in St. Peter’s Square and features the work of a photographer originally from Bangladesh, according to the Vatican News.