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Vatican City, Oct 5, 2016 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Improved Holy See relations with China are a major effort of this papacy, with an ongoing focus on disputes appointment of bishops and diplomatic recognition of neighboring Taiwan.

But environmental issues may be the roundabout back way to a better future.

The Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace organized a Sept. 28 consultation on Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on care for creation, “Laudato Si,” and the upcoming United Nations Climate Change conference known as COP22.

Delegations came from all over the world to the Vatican event, including one from China. Pope Francis made an appearance and praised the work on “such a hot issue,” one attendee told CNA. He and warmly greeted all the delegations, including the Chinese one.
 
Pope Francis’ greeting to a Chinese delegation – albeit not a…

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