Cardinals attend a papal mass for the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at St Peter's basilica on October 25, 2015 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO
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Roman Catholic leaders from around the world made an unprecedented joint appeal Monday to a forthcoming U.N. conference on climate change to produce "a truly transformational" agreement to stem global warming.It again put the 1.2 billion-member Catholic Church in the front line of the debate over the causes of climate change, an active role that some Catholic conservatives, including U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, have criticized.Climate change skeptics argue that man's role in global warming has not been conclusively proved.The signatories represent all national or regional bishops' conferences, making it the first time in living memory that a Catholic appeal to world leaders was totally global, Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India told a news conference.
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