Pope Praises Obama on Climate, Calls for 'Serious' Action. By Andrew Restuccia, Politico, 9/23/2015. "The pope made climate change a central part of his remarks, a signal that the issue will take center stage during his trip through the United States, and possibly during his speech to a joint session of Congress on Thursday. He said countries "still have time to make the change needed" to tackle climate change, offering a hopeful message that "things can change." The pope also warned of the effect that global warming has on the world's poor and vulnerable populations, calling for a "serious" response to climate change that takes into account "the millions of people living under a system which has overlooked them." The comments appear to be intended to send a signal to those who have been reluctant to help fund poor countries' effort deal with the effects of climate change."