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President Trump stands next to Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican on May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

VATICAN CITY (RNS) One of the pope’s closest allies says it would be a “slap in the face” for Francis if President Trump pulls the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord so soon after the two leaders met at the Vatican.

“If Donald Trump really decides to pull the U.S. out of the Paris accord it will be a disaster for everyone,” Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, who heads the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, told the Italian daily La Repubblica.

At their historic meeting last week, the pope gave Trump a copy of three documents, including his 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” which warns of the grave consequences caused by climate change and highlights how it’s aggravated by human activity. The president responded by promising, “I will read them.”

Sanchez Sorondo said the Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, cautioned Trump in a separate meeting against leaving the Paris accord.

“If he really does (pull out), it would be a huge slap in the face for us,” Sanchez Sorondo, who like the pope is from Argentina, said in the interview published Thursday (June 1).

“I believe the oil lobby is behind it. They are pushing for it.  In any case it is a view, like (German Chancellor) Angela Merkel said many times, it would not only be a disaster but completely anti-scientific.”

Trump said he would make his decision on the accord on Thursday afternoon. He pledged during the presidential campaign last year to pull the U.S. out of the accord, which was endorsed by nearly 200 countries in 2015.

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Josephine McKenna

Josephine McKenna has more than 30 years' experience in print, broadcast and interactive media. Based in Rome since 2007, she covered the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and election of Pope Francis and canonizations of their predecessors. Now she covers all things Vatican for RNS.

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  • Can someone please explain to this aged Catholic, why anyone should pay any attention to a person or person’s from Argentina, with no apparent scientific knowledge.
    For my part, with a background in rudimentary meteorology, basic science and common sense I know that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. I – like the Pontiff – breath it out thousands of times a day.
    It is literally the gas of life which together with water and sunlight causes all green matter on God’s earth to grow and flourish through photosynthesis.
    When I see Rev Sorondo and our Pope consorting with arch Malthusians like Sacks(?), Elrich Schellenhuber and the great pro abortionist Naomi “ostrich”, to paraphrase a dear departed Pope ‘the smoke of Satan’ truly has blown through the windows opened by Vatican 2.
    Is there any chance that we could have some real Catholic preaching from the Vatican, rather than these Global Warming mantras of belief in the pagan godless godess Gaia.

  • the church has been co-opted by globalist corporate interests.

    laudato si for instance is enemy subversion against the Nation of Ireland, and the West in general.

    the church is becoming the enemy of the common-good of the Nation.

    It is the mutual common-interest which is the community nexus in regards to life, liberty, and private property. [The end of the institution, maintenance, and administration of government, is to secure the existence of the body politic, to protect it, and to furnish the individuals who compose it with the power of enjoying in safety and tranquility their natural rights, and the blessings of life.]

    It is this very ‘common-interest’ for example that is now being assailed by the vatican as ‘selfish’; even re-writing Jesus own Words to say ‘love your neighbor more than yourself’

    this is a crucifiction of the Scripture. Same as ‘rewriting’ the beattitudes into the image of george soros united nations agendas.

    this is being done to facilitate further perpetration of the islamic invasion program.

    consider this invasion in light of the SJW red-terror being propogated these past few days to work insurrection against legitimate governance by our Greatest American Hero, PRESIDENT Donald J Trump. these groups, many of which are from the very same mobs financed by soros to destabilize the Ukraine a few years ago.

    The point to be made, is that the blind ignorance of so many catholics in the church [those who do not know the Faith]; this is being exploited. And they are in effect being turned into communist agitators; calling for millions to storm into Europe under the black flag of islam. Nothing could be more insane; and they deserve to be repudiated and ridiculed. These are apostates and enemies of the state.

  • “The most evident mark of God’s anger, and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world, is manifest when He permits His people to fall into the hands of a clergy who are more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than the charity and affection of devoted shepherds.

    “They abandon the things of God to devote themselves to the things of the world [vicars of U.N. agenda] and, in their saintly calling of holiness, they spend their time in profane and worldly pursuits [climate-change, global warming hoax]. When God permits such things, it is a very positive proof that He is thoroughly angry with His people and is visiting His most dreadful wrath upon them.” – Saint John Eudes

  • jesuitism is really simply CRYPTO-JUDAISM.
    bergoglio is the vicar of george soros.
    his agenda is COMMUNIST INTERNATIONALISM.
    some people call it GLOBALISM;….at the end of the day it is implementation of the protocols of JEWISH WORLD PROGRAM.
    anybody who actually has ears to hear can research the extensive expose accomplished in 1920 by the Dearborn Independent; INTERNATIONAL JEWRY by Henry Ford

    NOTE: ISLAM and ‘international jewry’ are two heads of the same coin.

  • . . . which, no doubt, generates more damage to the ozone than the carbon monoxide from motor vehicles worldwide!

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