Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin will lead the Holy See delegation to Dubai to deliver Pope Francis’ contribution to the COP28 climate summit.
By Devin Watkins
The director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, told reporters on Friday that Cardinal Pietro Parolin will represent Pope Francis at the COP28 summit in Dubai.
“I can confirm that Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin will lead the delegation of the Holy See already present in Dubai for COP28 to deliver, on Saturday December 2, the contribution that the Holy Father would have liked to make,” declared Mr. Browned. answer questions from journalists.
He added that Cardinal Parolin will participate on Sunday, December 3, in the inauguration of the Pavilion of Faith at Expo City in Dubai, alongside Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, prefect of the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue.
The Pope’s health situation
Pope Francis was scheduled to make an apostolic trip to Dubai from December 1-3 to support international efforts to combat climate change.
He decided on Tuesday to cancel the planned visit on the advice of his doctors.
The pope is suffering from “a very acute infectious bronchitis,” as he declared Thursday during an audience at the Vatican.
Addressing participants in a seminar on “Ethics in Health Management,” the Pope said he no longer had a fever but confirmed he was still receiving antibiotic treatment.
“The doctor didn’t let me go to Dubai,” he said on Thursday. “The reason is that it is very hot there, and switching from heating to air conditioning is not practical in this bronchial situation.”
Taking care of the common home
The Pope has spoken openly about the need to care for our common home, notably in his encyclical Laudato si’released in 2015.
More recently, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Exhortation entitled Laudate Deum to renew its calls for responsible management of Creation.
Laudate Deum also sought to update Laudato si’ regarding the changes that have occurred over the past eight years.