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Pope meets teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg

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The 16-year-old invited the pontiff to join the climate strike.

Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg has brought her climate change campaign to the Vatican.

The 16-year-old met with Pope Francis and carried a sign saying “Join the climate strike”.

Pope Francis greets Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg
The pope has made tackling climate change a key feature of his papacy (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Francis went up to her at the end of the audience, where Ms Thunberg showed off her sign.

Pope Francis greets Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg
The pope greeted Ms Thunberg in the VIP section of St Peter’s Square (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

In Francis, Ms Thunberg has found a kindred spirit. The Jesuit pope has made fighting climate change and caring for God’s creation a pillar of his papacy.

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