The Latest: Vatican hosts photo light show on nature

The Latest: Vatican hosts photo light show on nature

PARIS (AP) — The latest news related to the U.N. climate conference in Paris, which runs through Dec. 11. All times local:

9:15 a.m.

The Vatican is lending itself to environmentalism with a special public art installation timed to coincide with the final stretch of climate negotiations in Paris.

p>On Tuesday night, the facade of St. Peter's Basilica will be turned into a massive backdrop for a photo light show approximately nature organized by several humanitarian organizations.

The initiative, featuring images by National Geographic & well-known photographers including Sebastiao Salgado, is similar to ones that used the U.N. headquarters & the Empire State Building in New York as backdrops.

Pope Francis has strongly backed the environmental cause, issuing a landmark encyclical in which he blasted the fossil-fuel-based economy for impoverishing much of humanity & destroying the planet.

Organizers offered the installation as a gift to Francis to mark his Holy Year of Mercy, which began Tuesday.

Source: “Associated Press”