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Pope Francis was a key player in thawing relations between the US and Cuba. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches

Pontiff hopes to inspire action at next year’s UN meeting in Paris in December after visits to Philippines and New York

He has been called the “superman pope”, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing his cardinals on the need to clean up Vatican politics. But can Francis achieve a feat that has so far eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change?

It looks as if he will give it a go. In 2015, the pope will issue a lengthy message on the subject to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, give an address to the UN general assembly and call a summit of the world’s main religions.

The reason for such frenetic activity, says Bishop Marcelo Sorondo, chancellor of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, is the pope’s wish to directly influence next year’s crucial UN climate meeting in Paris, when countries will try to conclude 20 years of fraught negotiations with a universal commitment to reduce emissions.

“Our academics supported the pope’s initiative to influence next year’s crucial decisions,” Sorondo told Cafod, the Catholic development agency, at a meeting in London. “The idea is to convene a meeting with leaders of the main religions to make all people aware of the state of our climate and the tragedy of social exclusion.”……………….

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Other News

US man indicted in plot to blow up Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem

Israeli police say Everett Adam Livvix of Illinois was posing as a former US Navy Seal. He remains in custody on weapons possession charge

AirAsia flight loses contact with air traffic control between Indonesia and Singapore – live

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Search and rescue mission for flight QZ8501, which vanished with 162 people on board, is suspended for the night

Norman Atlantic ferry

Ferry catches fire between Greece and Italy with hundreds on board

Coastguard says 150 rescued from Norman Atlantic after fire broke out, and two ships collide in thick fog elsewhere in Adriatic

De Blasio and police at odds as thousands mourn NYPD officer Ramos

  • Officers from across US attend funeral of Brooklyn shooting victim

  • Vice-president, New York governor, police commissioner also speak

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Opinion

‘There will be some joy’: Eric Garner’s daughters will not let him be forgotten – video

Just months before Eric Garner died at the hands of the NYPD, his youngest daughter was born. Her name is Legacy. “He didn’t just die,” says her mother.Weeks after a grand jury decided not to indict the police who killed her father, Garner’s oldest daughter is still searching for answers. Her name is Erica. “I’m carrying on his legacy,” she says.

This is what loss looks like, as protests ebb and flow, as no justice becomes a kind of relative peace. This is what it feels like to live on, after a man who lived for his children is gone……………….

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