Prince of Wales, Prince Charles took his campaign to save the world from the ravages of climate change to Pope Benedict on Monday with Duchess of Cornwall Camilla. This is Prince Charles’s first meeting with Pope Benedict XVI.
The Prince and the Duchess spoke to the pope privately for about 15 minutes in pope’s private study in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. Prince Charles and Camilla, the future head of the Anglican Church, both were wearing black exchanged gifts as well.
The Royals met the pope shortly after making a major speech on the environment to Italy’s parliament, where he said that unless the international community acted together to tackle climate change, a “new Dark Age” could hit the world.
The Prine told parliment: “History will judge us by how we respond to this challenge of climate change. A Renaissance that led the world toward a genuinely sustainable existence a new Dark Age to sprawl across our future, plunging us on a course towards catastrophe”
He said climate change was far more urgent than the current economic crisis.
Prince Charles said: “I believe that the response we make now to the challenge before us will be the single most critical element in defining our era and it will be the one by which our generation will be judged. As the world struggles with the consequences of the economic crisis in which we find ourselves, you might think this an odd analysis. But, ladies and gentlemen, I fear that any of the difficulties we face today will be as nothing when the full horror of global warming unfolds.”
A Vatican statement said “environmental protection” was one of the subjects discussed during the private audience, along with inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue and peace. Environmental issues are a favourite speaking topic of both Charles and the pope.