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Pope Francis Cancels Historic UN Climate Summit Attendance Due to Health Concerns

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Rizwan Shah
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Pope Francis Cancels Historic UN Climate Summit Attendance Due to Health Concerns

Pope Francis, known for his passionate advocacy for environmental preservation, has been advised by medical professionals to cancel his scheduled participation in the United Nations Climate Summit (COP28) in Dubai, due to illness. The Vatican announced that the Pontiff, who at 86, was set to be the first Pope attending a UN climate change summit since its initiation in 1995, will not be making the journey due to a flu-like condition.

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Health Concerns Precede Historic Visit

The Pope's current state of health, reported to be stable and improving, nevertheless led doctors to discourage him from undertaking the trip to avoid additional health risks. Pope Francis, who had part of his lung removed in his youth, has in recent times appeared particularly susceptible to respiratory problems. He also has had knee problems, which forced him to use a cane or a wheelchair.

Continued Commitment to Climate Advocacy

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Despite his physical absence, alternatives are being sought for the Pope's participation in the summit. During his pontificate, Pope Francis has addressed topics such as global warming and its relationship with poverty, emphasizing that it is the most marginalized who suffer the most from the consequences of climate change. The Pope's scheduled speech and participation in the summit debates are now being restructured to accommodate his health.

Vatican Adjustments

The Vatican has reported that some of the Pope's commitments have been postponed to facilitate his recovery, although other institutional events are being maintained. This is not the first time the Pope's health has necessitated adjustments to his schedule. He had previously cancelled a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan in 2022 due to knee inflammation but was able to make the trip later in the year.

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