Pope Francis hopes President Trump re-thinks 'Dreamers' decision

People living in the houses late Colombian druglord Pablo Escobar built in a Catholic district of Medellin in the 1980s still revere him

Asked by a journalist whether there is "a moral responsibility for political leaders who deny that climate change is the work of man and refuse to cooperate with other nations" (in an evident reference to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord), the Pope said that "climate change can be seen in its effects and we all have a moral responsibility in making decisions".

In the same conversation with reporters, aboard a plane leaving Colombia after a five-day trip to his native South America, Francis returned to the subject of climate change, a favorite for the wonky pontiff who was a scientist early in his career.

The pope is known for speaking out in favor of climate action-most famously when he released a 2015 encyclical in which he called on Catholics worldwide to join in the fight against climate change.

"From this city, the seat of human rights, I call for the cessation of every kind of violence in political life", the pope said.

"One hopes that is re-thought somewhat", replied the Pontiff.

Pope Francis said he read a report citing a university study that asserted humanity has only three years to reduce the pace of climate change before it's too late.

Souvenirs with the images of Pope Francis and late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar for sale at a store in the Pablo Escobar neighborhood in Medellin
Souvenirs with the images of Pope Francis and late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar for sale at a store in the Pablo Escobar neighborhood in Medellin

On the flight back to Rome from Cartagena on September 10, Pope Francis addressed two questions that are much discussed in the United States today: the situation of the 800,000 Dreamers whose could face deportation and the moral responsibility of governments that deny climate change.

The US Catholic bishops have also battled a former Trump administration official on DACA in recent days.

The Pope's comments, while nicer and more reserved, aren't far off from the criticism Hollywood stars and liberal politicians have hurled at Trump over his decision to end DACA.

As the papal plane prepared to cross over Hurricane Irma's path on its way back to Rome from Cartagena, Francis issued a stern warning to climate change deniers.

Francis said he was grateful to both Italy and Greece for having welcomed so many migrants in. "Well, I'll be reading them", said Trump, who nearly certainly didn't. "They speak very clearly, scientists are precise". "Then each person can decide and history will judge the decisions", he said.

Eighty-year-old Francis welcomed the assembled crowd in the poor San Francisco neighborhood on the last day of his visit to Colombia when his auto pulled up brakes to prevent a man from standing in its way. "I'll tell you the truth, I don't really understand the world of geopolitics", he said. A POLITICO/ Morning Consult poll published the day of DACA's rescission, which surveyed 1,993 registered voters, found that 58 percent of American voters would like to see a pathway for DACA recipients to stay and become citizens after meeting certain requirements.

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