After Emmaunel Macron and the European Parliament, the young Swedish climate activist
Greta Thunberg met with Pope Francis on Wednesday. Both spoke briefly at the Vatican, after the general audience of the pontiff, AFP found.
"The Holy Father thanked and encouraged Greta Thunberg for his commitment to environmental protection," said Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti. Both of them shook hands and the 16-year-old Swede also thanked the pope "for her efforts in defense" of the planet with her encyclical "Laudato si" devoted to this theme.
Received by Italian politicians
"Today I met Pope Francis. I thanked him because he speaks clearly about the climate crisis. He told me to continue "my commitment, wrote Greta Thunberg on Facebook. Traditionally after every general audience, the pope meets a few dozen people with whom he shares a few words, as he did this time with Greta Thunberg.
The young Swede must be received Thursday by Italian politicians and participate Friday in Rome at a demonstration for the protection of the environment organized by young Italians who follow his example. Greta Thunberg has inspired thousands of young people in Europe who have broken ground in recent weeks to warn of the urgent need to tackle climate change.
European politicians must "act now, because there is not much time," the high school student, instigator of the "Climate School Strike", told the European Parliament on Tuesday. alone in front of the Swedish Parliament.