Pope Francis will next year instruct the world's 1.2 billion Catholics to take action on climate change on moral and scientific grounds, according to a report. The Argentinean pope is reportedly working on an encyclical — an official papal letter given to bishops — on the environment. The Guardian reported that Pope Francis will deliver that encyclical to the church's 5,000 bishops and 400,000 priests following a March visit to Tacloban, the Philippines city ravaged in 2012 by typhoon Haiyan.
Pope Francis is trying to get the message out to influence United Nations climate talks set for December 2015 in Paris. The nearly 200 nations that assemble there will seek to strike a deal governing emissions reductions beyond 2020. Many faith-based organizations have pledged to take action on climate change under moral terms, such as being good stewards to the planet. Pope Francis, too, has sounded those tones — in March, he implored people to, "Safeguard Creation. Because if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us! Never forget this!"
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