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Pope Francis will not travel to Scotland for the UN's climate conference next month, the Vatican has confirmed.

It had been rumoured that the 84-year-old would attend COP26 in Glasgow in what would have been the first papal visit to Scotland since 2010.

Scotland's Catholic bishops had said they would "warmly welcome" a visit.

However the Vatican said its delegation to the summit would be led by Cardinal Parolin, its secretary of state.

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The climate summit is due to be held at the Scottish Exhibition Campus in Glasgow from 31 October until 12 November.

Pope Francis was expected to be among about 120 world leaders due to attend the event to lay out plans to cut emissions causing climate change.

Organisers have confirmed that the summit will be attended by the Queen, and US President Joe Biden has said he was "anxious" to be there.

The COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow in November is seen as crucial if climate change is to be brought under control. Almost 200 countries are being asked for their plans to cut emissions, and it could lead to major changes to our everyday lives.

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