Pope Francis participated in his first exclusive interview with a US television network, speaking with CBS.

Broadcast in-part on April 24, Pope Francis discussed several global issues including the effects of war on children, saying, “Those kids don’t know how to smile… And this is very hard when a child forgets to smile. That’s really very serious.”

The Pope addressed the need for ceasefire and peace negotiations for ongoing conflicts like in Ukraine and Gaza. He said that “a negotiated peace is better than a war without end,” calling for action from all involved in warfare.

On climate change, Pope Francis criticized those who deny the scientific evidence, saying that climate change is a real and present issue. “There are people who are foolish, and foolish even if you show them research, they don’t believe it.”

Speaking about the challenges facing the Church in the United States, including declining attendance, he encouraged those who feel unwelcome in their local parishes to keep seeking community.

“Do not run away from the Church. The Church is very big. You shouldn’t run away from her,” he said.

The remainder of the interview is expected to be released May 20th.

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