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Inside the VaticanDecember 06, 2023
U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke arrives on stage at the Ghione Theater to participate at a conference, "The Synodal Babel," in Rome Oct. 3, 2023. (CNS photo/Lola Gomez)

Pope Francis canceled his trip to the United Nations’ COP28 climate conference due to his ongoing bout of bronchitis. In this episode of “Inside the Vatican,” veteran Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell and host Colleen Dulle discuss the Pope's health and his message on climate change.

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In his address to the climate conference, which Cardinal Parolin delivered, the pope wrote: “I am with you because now more than ever, the future of us all depends on the present that we now choose. I am with you because the destruction of the environment is an offense against God, a sin that is not only personal but also structural, one that greatly endangers all human beings, especially the most vulnerable in our midst and threatens to unleash a conflict between generations.”

Colleen and Gerry also cover Pope Francis' decision to cut Cardinal Raymond Burke's salary and possibly evict him from his Vatican apartment. They analyze the reasons behind this decision and the implications for the Pope's relationship with his critics. Finally, they touch on the ongoing conflict in Gaza and the Pope's calls for peace.

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