COP24 Katowice

Meeting with Pope Francis

COP24 President Michał Kurtyka has attended a meeting with Pope Francis in Vatican. The event took place on the 21st of August. The Vice-Minister gave the Holy Father the first copy of the Katowice Rulebook – a publication created as a result of the COP24 Climate Summit in Katowice.

The Katowice Rulebook contains all the implementation rules regarding the Paris Agreement. The Vice-Minister and the Pope talked primarily about the success achieved by Poland in December, as well as the initiative of the Polish Presidency of COP24 regarding Just Transition.
In his Laudato Si’ encyclical, as well as in numerous sermons, Pope Francis often emphasised the role of joint efforts aimed at safeguarding the environment and climate in order to care for the poorest and most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Vice-Minister Michał Kurtyka also addressed this issue.

Giving up one’s own benefits, renouncing egoism and mutual solidarity, raised by the Holy Father during the meeting, are the values that should guide us in the fight against climate change - said the COP24 President.

The visit of Michał Kurtyka to Vatican was reported by the Italian L’Osservatore Romano daily. In the context of the Katowice Rulebook, the paper’s editors also made a reference to the Laudato Si’ encyclical, which promotes social and solidarity-based attitude in ecological context, aiming at finding an answer to the “cries of the poor.”

Publication in L’Osservatore Romano

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