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Pope asks Merkel to fight for climate pact

VATICAN CITY — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Pope Francis encouraged her to work to preserve the Paris climate accord despite the U.S. withdrawal and shared her aim to “bring down walls,” not build them. The Vatican said the talks focused on the need for the international community to combat poverty, hunger, terrorism and climate change. Francis issued the encyclical in the run-up to the Paris negotiations in hopes of urging a global consensus on the need to change the “perverse” development models that he said had enriched the wealthy at the expense of the poor and turned God’s creation into an “immense pile of filth.”

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