Fires have broken our near the Vatican leaving the sacred city surrounded by leering flames and clouds of dark smoke. Eyewitness report these flames started after hearing a loud explosion.
And I just heard an explosion. Fire at the Vatican? pic.twitter.com/Rgo6qxoEM8
— Mountain Butorac (@MountainButorac) June 1, 2017
These fires broke out shorty after the Vatican condemned the U.S. for leaving the Paris Accord and failing to address climate changes.
The Vatican, which under Pope Francis' insistence has strongly backed the Paris climate change deal, would see a US exit as a ‘slap in the face' and a “disaster for everyone,” a senior official said last month.
At a meeting in May, the pope gave U.S. President Donald Trump a signed copy of his 2015 encyclical letter that called for protecting the environment from the effects of climate change and backed scientific evidence that it is caused by human activity.
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin urged Trump in a separate meeting not to quit the Paris accord.
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