After cancelling his planned visit to a Vatican conference hosting U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) due to schedule complications surrounding his visit to Lesbos, Pope Francis agreed to meet the senator before departing for the small Greek island.
The meeting took place at 6a.m. at the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse as the Pope was on his way to the airport, Jeffrey Sachs told CNA shortly after the April 16 encounter. Sachs also participated in the meeting along with his wife.
In their discussion, “Senator Sanders thanked Pope Francis for his leadership on the moral economy and his leadership on climate change,” Sachs said.
Additionally, the senator said the Francis’ leadership in the area has led to “a vast difference” in terms of the action taken, and thanked the Pope “for all of his moral leadership and his brave stances.”
Sachs is the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and a special adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on the Sustainable Development Goals. He is also a member of the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences.