UN chief praises pope for framing climate in moral terms

The U.N. chief praised Pope Francis on Tuesday for framing climate change as an urgent moral imperative, saying his upcoming encyclical combined with a new round of U.N. climate talks in Paris provide an "unprecedented opportunity" to create a more sustainable future for the planet.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a Vatican conference on the environment that is a key part of the Holy See's rollout of Francis' eagerly awaited encyclical — a pope's most authoritative teaching document — which is expected in June.

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