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Pope Francis on Sunday urged people to pray so that “the cry of the Earth” is heard at the UN climate summit getting underway in Glasgow, Scotland.

Vatican St Peters Square 31 Oct 2021

People gather in St Peter's Square to listen to Pope Francis deliver his blessing as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio, top right, overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, on Sunday, 31st October. PICTURE: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini.

Francis in comments to the public in St Peter’s Square, on Sunday, noted that it was the first day of the crucial gathering. He told the crowd: “Let us pray so that the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor” is heard by summit participants. 

“May this encounter yield efficient answers offering concrete hope to future generations,” the Pope said. Francis has made care for the planet's fragile environment a key plank of his papacy.

In Rome Sunday, leaders of the G20 nations accounting for 75 per cent of greenhouse emissions were negotiating on what commitments they’re willing to make to contain rising global temperatures.

- With ELLE KNICKMEYER and SETH BORENSTEIN in Glasgow, Scotland, and SILVIA HUI in London.