"The Holy Father thanked and encouraged Greta Thunberg for its commitment to the protection of the environment", said Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti. Both of them shook hands, and the 16-year-old Swedish thanked the pope "for his efforts in defense of the planet".also Read Greta Thunberg in tears in Parliament
"He was really nice, he was smiling the whole time," said Thunberg about the meeting at the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter . "I thanked him for his battle for the climate. And he replied, " Go ahead, Greta. Just go!’”
The 16-year-old klimaatactiviste was together with her father, Svante Thunberg, one of the selected guests of the pope during his weekly audience with the public. Thunberg arrived today with the train in the Italian capital and will be tomorrow, on maundy Thursday, is still received by Italian politicians. Thunberg will finally on Friday take part in a demonstration organised by Italian students who are to follow her example.