Last year, Senator visited Vatican and met with Pope and Vatican leaders to discuss climate change


Washington (September 23, 2015) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement today after His Holiness Pope Francis made remarks alongside President Obama at the White House. Last year, Senator Markey traveled to the Vatican and met with Pope Francis and Vatican leaders to discuss the importance of acting on climate change.   

“I am inspired by Pope Francis’s message of inclusiveness and his words urging us to act on climate change. The Pope has issued this call to action to care for our common home and protect it for future generations. With this visit to Washington, D.C. he is telling us all – individual Americans and political leaders alike – that it us up to us to respond to the personal and planetary challenge of climate change. Pope Francis was right to commend President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and his effort to cut harmful carbon emissions. It is a signal to the world that the United States will lead the effort on climate change, a global crisis that is disproportionately impacting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. I look forward to attending Pope Francis’s address to Congress tomorrow to listen to his ‘Sermon on the Hill’.”