Flashback 2009: Pope Benedict XVI on August 26, 2009: Benedict stated he wished to 'offer my support to leaders of governments and international agencies who soon will meet at the United Nations to discuss the urgent issue of climate change.'
'Of course, Benedict is usually presented as being 'right-wing' and 'reactionary' and 'traditional,' and so his statements about ecology and the environment are often ignored, especially when they indicate that Francis' remarks and positions on those topics is not nearly as 'radical' and unique as is often claimed.'
Related: Catholicism and Environmentalism: 'Catholics with an interest in the environment should attempt to separate legitimate science from ideological noise and organizational self-interest'
Is Pope Francis really different on climate? Flashback 2011: The ‘Green’ Pope Benedict Weighs in on Durban UN Climate Talks – Joins Other Religious Leaders in a Call to Action