Pope worried about climate change

July 14, 2008 8:30:52 AM PDT
Pope Benedict XVI says he wants to wake up consciences on climate change. The pope told reporters while flying to Australia Saturday on a 10-day pilgrimage that people need to be spurred into finding a way to change life styles in the face of climate change.

Benedict also said he would use his trip to Australia to work for "healing" with victims of sexual abuse by clergy, just as he did during a trip to the United States this year.

Benedict called such abuse "incompatible" with behavior required of priests.

Benedict said the Church in the West "in crisis" but that it wasn't in decline. He said was optimistic about its future.

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