Pope Francis praises action on climate change in White House
Sept.23, Washington: Pope Francis, on his first visit to the US, has called for further action on climate change saying it was a critical moment of history.
US President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, along with Vice President Joe Biden and his family welcomed Pope to the White House on Wednesday.
On his six-day visit, Pope speaking to a crowd of more than 11,000 people on the White House South Lawn, the pontiff said the problem could no longer be left to a future generation.
Francis told the reporters that he was happy to make his first U.S. visit. He dismissed suggestions that he was a socialist or a "lefty," saying that despite his warnings of the inequities in the global economic system, his beliefs were consistent with the established social doctrine of the Church, CNN reported.
Pope also called for protecting religious liberty and stamping out discrimination.
President Obama said the Pope reminded people that we have a sacred obligation to protect our planet.
The environmental issue is a divisive one in US politics, with one Republican congressman boycotting the Pope's speech to Congress on Thursday because of the pontiff's stance, BBC news reported.
All the leading Republican presidential candidates in US oppose action to tackle climate change because they say it will hurt the economy.
The Oslo Times