Security personnel in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, stands guard next to the COP27 sign Nov. 20, 2022, during the closing plenary at the COP27 climate summit. (CNS photo/Mohamed Abd El Ghany, Reuters)

A historic, late-hour deal reached at the U.N. climate change summit to establish a “loss and damage” fund for countries vulnerable to the devastating impacts of a warming world represented “a real breakthrough,” said representatives of Catholic and other religious groups.

Saying the establishment of the fund was an answer to their prayers, the faith-based voices recognized the step as a sign of progress in response to global warming, despite negotiations falling short in other areas.

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