President Benigno Aquino III has met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday to discuss about issues on the peace process and climate change.
In a statement released by the Vatican Press Office, it was noted that the leaders have made special references to the ongoing peace process in Mindanao and the recently concluded climate change conference in Paris.
Pope Francis has always reiterated that he believes that “religion should never be used to justify violence,” most especially during his visits to countries with religious extremists who resort to armed conflicts for the protection of their rights.
Aquino had also long been pushing for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which is hoped to serve as a legislation that will help ensure a long-term peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
The leaders have also discussed about the proceedings of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in France, where world representatives, including Aquino, shared their experiences on climate action during the program for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.
To recall, the pope’s special concern for nature has been especially evident when he issued the document entitled Laudato Si, which has made a mark as the first ever papal encyclical that is solely dedicated for the environment.