Four Buddhists were among the religious leaders gathering at the Vatican on Monday as the United Nations climate conference of the parties (COP26) held a summit dubbed Faith and Science: Towards COP26.

The inter-religious climate event hosted by Pope Francis involved speakers of Buddhism, Christian confessions, Confucianism, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Shia and Sunni Islam, Sikhism, Taoism and ZoroAstrianism.

“We want to accompany it with our commitment and our spiritual closeness,” he was quoted as saying to the audience, instead of reading it to give other leaders more time to speak.

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