In his first "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message, Francis also called for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, an end to the civil war in Syria, and political solutions to conflicts in several African countries.
The former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina also condemned the "iniquitous exploitation of natural resources" and urged everyone to be "guardians" of creation.
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Coal's share of the power mix had fallen to 7%, while wind climbed to new highs to provide 15% of the country's electricity.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Pence "was ready to take this opportunity."