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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiIlhan Omar to Biden: ‘Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt’ On The Money — Presented by NRHC — Breaking down the sluggish September jobs report Woman accused of stealing Pelosi’s laptop formally charged MORE (D-Calif.) and Pope FrancisPope FrancisPhotos of the Week: Manchin, California oil spill and a podium dog The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike Pope expresses ‘sadness and pain’ for victims of clergy abuse in France MORE met Saturday, the same day the pontiff gave a speech calling on lawmakers in countries around the world to act on climate change. 

His Holiness’s encyclical Laudato Si’ is a powerful challenge to the global community to act decisively on the climate crisis with special attention to the most vulnerable communities,” Pelosi, a practicing Catholic, said in a statement released Saturday.

“I expressed the gratitude of those working on climate action in the Congress for the immense moral clarity and urgency that His Holiness continues to bring to the climate crisis, and how we continue to cherish his address to the Joint Session of Congress in 2015,” she added.

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Francis on Saturday called for leaders to take action on climate change and put aside “narrow” partisan politics.

“To meet this challenge, everyone has a role to play,″ the pope said. ”That of political and government leaders is especially important, and indeed crucial.”

“This demanding change of direction will require great wisdom, foresight and concern for the common good: in a word, the fundamental virtues of good politics,″ he added. 

The speech comes ahead of a major United Nations climate conference in Scotland that is set to start at the end of October. 

Francis has been a vocal advocate of policies to combat climate change, and he and other religious leaders signed a climate appeal on Monday. 

“It was a spiritual, personal and official honor to have an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis this morning. His Holiness’s leadership is a source of joy and hope for Catholics and for all people, challenging each of us to be good stewards of God’s creation, to act on climate, to embrace the refugee, the immigrant and the poor, and to recognize the dignity and divinity in everyone,” Pelosi said.

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