Pope draft encyclical calls for swift action on climate change

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Pope Francis delivers a speech during an audience for the participants of the Convention of the Diocese of Rome at the Vatican

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The world could see the destruction of entire ecosystems this century without urgent action on climate change, Pope Francis says in a draft of his keenly awaited encyclical on the environment. In the Italian version of the 192-page document, posted on Monday by the weekly magazine l’Espresso, the pope again backs scientists who say global warming is mostly man-made and that developed countries have a particular responsibility to stem a trend that will hurt the poor the most. A spokesman said it was not the final version, which would remain under embargo until …read more