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Jew in Climate Team


Pope Francis has appointed Jewish feminist and anti-capitalism activist Naomi Klein as member of the Vatican’s climate team. “It was a particularly courageous decision to invite me here,” Klein, who lives in Canada, told journalists. “It indicates that the Holy See is not being intimidated and knows that when you say powerful truths, you make some powerful enemies.” She was at Vatican to attend the “People and Planet First” meeting, attended by top Vatican officials, scientists and civil society activists, to discuss the pope’s environmental encyclical released in June. Klein said it may seem like a “surprising alliance” but that her involvement would have no effect on the Catholic Church’s broader teachings.