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“Faith and Science: Towards COP26”

Monday 04 October (times in CET)




Welcome by Matteo Bruni Holy See’s Spokesperson

Reading of the executive summary of Faith Leaders’ Appeal to COP26 and signing of the Appeal by the Faith leaders and their representatives


Moment of prayer in silence

Greeting from His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State

The youth perspective: Youth4Climate participants. Daniele Guadagnolo and Federica Gasbarro to present the message from Milan to Faith leaders.

Address by His Holiness Pope Francis

Pope Francis presents the Appeal to Alok Sharma, COP26 President, and Luigi Di Maio, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Brief remarks from both

Brief interventions by the Faith leaders and their representatives.

Address by the President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Prof. Joachim von Braun, and the President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Prof. Stefano Zamagni, representing all the scientists participating in the process

Concluding remarks from Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States

Faith leaders and scientists, with a small gesture, to contribute for planting an olive tree in the Vatican gardens and screening of videos of some Faith leaders




Departure from the Vatican


Guided tours of the Mausoleum of Augustus and the Ara Pacis Museum 


Transfer to Italian Embassy to the Holy See, Palazzo Borromeo




Light buffet lunch

The Appeal in Practice: Inspiring Action

Venue: Palazzo Borromeo, Italian Embassy to the Holy See


Welcome and introduction

Pietro Sebastiani

Italian Ambassador to the Holy See, Rome

Discussion facilitated by:

Alison Hilliard

Programme Director, Wilton Park


1. Plenary discussion: Faith and Science: How to Increase Awareness

Discussion introduced by:

Dr Carmody Grey

Assistant Professor of Catholic Theology, Durham University

Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber

Director Emeritus, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Professor Riccardo Valentini

Professor of Forest Ecology, University of Tuscia




2. Plenary discussion:  Faith, Science and Future Cooperation: the way forward

Discussion introduced by:

Dr Hoesung Lee  (Video presentation)

Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


Dr Ismahane Elouafi

Chief Scientist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


3. Concluding remarks

Pietro Sebastiani

Italian Ambassador to the Holy See, Rome

Chris Trott

British Ambassador to the Holy See

Archbishop Paul Gallagher

Secretary for Relations with States, Holy See