Pope Francis, Emmanuel Macron talk climate after US withdrawal from Paris Accord

Antoine Mekary | Aleteia and Stephane De Sakutin | AFP

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Friday spoke by telephone with newly-elected French President, Emmanuel Macron, one day after President Donald Trump announced a US withdrawal from the Paris Accord.

During the 10-minute conversation, the pope and the French president spoke about the struggle against climate change and refugees, the French news outlet Le Figaro reported.

According to Élysée Palace, President Macron also invited the pope to visit France “on the date that would suit him best,” while Pope Francis “sincerely thanked him for this invitation.”

It was the pope’s first conversation with Macron since he took office on May 14.

On the subject of climate change, Emmanuel Macron “thanked Pope Francis for his action before and during the COP21 (the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference) and for his mobilization in favor of the Paris agreement.”

“The two leaders have agreed to discuss initiatives that will be taken in the coming weeks on behalf of the climate,” representatives of the French president said.

“Pope Francis reminded us of the importance of the decent reception of refugees in Europe, welcoming President Macron’s stance on this issue,” they added.

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