FILE - In this Wednesday, May 30, 2018 file photo, Pope Francis is given bracelets as he meets with some of the participants of the Spirit of The Planet Festival, an International gathering of Indigenous people, during weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. Pope Francis will meet with some of the world’s oil executives next week, likely to give them another moral nudge to clean up their act on global warming.
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Pope summons oil execs to Vatican to talk climate change

June 01, 2018 - 5:40 pm

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will meet with some of the world's oil executives next week, likely to give them another moral nudge to clean up their act on global warming.

Climate change policy and science experts are cautiously hopeful but aren't expecting any miracles or even noticeable changes.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed Friday that the conference will be a follow-up to the pope's encyclical three years ago calling on people to save the planet from climate change and other environmental ills.

The conference is June 8-9. The pope himself will speak to the leaders on the second day.

Officials would not disclose who is coming. Axios, the news site that first reported the summit, said executives from BP, ExxonMobil and Equinor would attend.

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