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Phl cool to work with Pope Francis on climate action, migrants’ rights

MJ Blancaflor

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said the Philippines is upbeat to work with the Vatican to push for climate action and migrants’ protection, saying these issues would uplift human dignity and secure lives.

The President said this in Malacañang as he welcomed Archbishop Charles John Brown, Vatican’s new Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.

“I look forward to working closely with the Holy See to further advance our shared advocacies on migrants’ protection and climate action for the Philippines,” Duterte said.

“These are issues which are a matter of uplifting human dignity and securing the lives of the most disadvantaged,” he added.

The chief executive also said the Philippine government welcomes Pope Francis’ declaration of a global emergency and the need for a “collective response anchored on principles of equity and social justice.”

Last June, the Pope warned of the dangers of global warming and urged immediate and decisive action on the climate crisis as he met with leaders of some of the world’s biggest multinational oil companies in the Vatican.

Duterte also expressed appreciation for the Holy See’s call to protect the dignity of human life including migrants’ regardless of status, noting that there are an estimated 10 million Filipinos overseas with close to 3,500 in the Vatican City.

“We appreciate Pope Francis’ expression of solidarity and prayers for the Filipino people who were affected by the typhoon Ulysses,” he added.

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