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Pope urges German chancellor Merkel to continue the fight on climate change

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer (L) with Pope Francis at a meeting at the Vatican, June 17, 2017.Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel has said she was encouraged by Pope Francis when the two met to discuss climate change, international cooperation and ‘tearing down walls’.

The chancellor met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Saturday for an extensive, 40-minute private audience.

‘The Pope encouraged me to continue and fight for international agreements, including the Paris agreement,’ Merkel told reporters.

US president Donald Trump provoked controversy and widespread international criticism this month when he announced the US would be pulling out of the landmark 2015 agreement that united world leaders in the fight against climate change.

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‘We know that regrettably, the United States is leaving this accord,’ Merkel said, according to the Catholic Herald.

Merkel said that the Pope expressed support for the

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