The book “Tierra Futura. Dialogues with Pope Francis on integral ecology ”recounts the long“ ecological conversion ”of Jorge Bergoglio.
Ecology is one of the great themes of Jorge Bergoglio’s pontificate. However, Pope Francis tells in a book written by the gourmet and founder of “Slow Food”, the Italian Carlo Petrini, that the preservation of the environment has not always been his devotion. What’s more, the Argentine reveals his ecological conversion and how he went from not understanding and even being bothered by the issue to being an environmentalist.
In this book, which was published this Tuesday in Italy, born of the talks between the Argentine pontiff and the agnostic and environmentalist Pertini, Francisco confesses that I did not understand “the force with which the Brazilian bishops spoke of the great problems of the Amazon” at the Aparecida conference, or what his role as bishop had to do with “the health of the world’s green lung.”
“Future Earth. Dialogues with Pope Francis on integral ecology” account, therefore, the “ecological conversion” by Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who confesses that “it was a long process”, started in 2007 in Aparecida (Brazil). “It has been a long time, and I have completely changed the perception of the environmental problem,” she says.
“At first I didn’t understand these issues either. Later, when I started studying I realized, I took off my veil. I think it is correct to give everyone time to understand. At the same time, however, we must also rush to change our paradigms if we want to have a future, “he explains.
Part of the book focuses on the encyclical “Laudato Sí “, on the defense of Creation “, which the pope assures that” is a common point for religious and non-religious because it was written for everyone. “
As he has reiterated on other occasions, the Pope defends that the “Laudato Sí” is not a green encyclical, “it is not an environmentalist text. It is rather a Social encyclical. Because we men are the first to be part of ecology, man and the environment are not separable. “
Francis defended the “inculturation” of the rites by explaining that “we can all pray in the same way, but this destroys human biodiversity, which is above all cultural. No! Each one prays according to his own culture! And celebrate the sacraments according to one’s own culture: in the Church there are more than twenty-five different liturgical rites, which were born in different cultures. “
Pope Francis recalls how it was Benedict XVI, in the V General Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Episcopate held in Aparecida (Brazil, 2017), who affirmed that “the Church grows not by proselytism but by attraction, that is, by witness “thus condemning proselytism.”
“So I get angry when they say that Benedict is a conservative. Benedict was a revolutionary! In so many things he did, in so many things he said, he was a revolutionary, “he asserts.
Regarding the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, which was held in October 2019, the Pontiff reveals that he also wanted to “invite some slightly conservative priests and Bishops”, because “if there are no different opinions, the debate is sterile and runs the risk of not taking any steps forward. “
Petrini, promoter of “Terra Madre”, an ecological network “of farmers, fishermen, artisans, cooks, researchers, natives, shepherds, also asked the Pope how he sees the youth movement born from the demand of the Swedish girl Greta Thunberg.
Francisco points out that he is not interested in knowing if Greta is “pushed by others”, because “if her activism allows millions of young people to mobilize there is nothing more to be happy about.”
Francisco also revealed to Petrini how in his house there was “a marriage between Piedmontese cuisine (of his parents) and Argentine cuisine and that they were thus mixed”cappelletti and roast, and then bagna cauda (typical dish from northern Italy) and lots of polenta. “
The pope talks about his love for the movie “Babette’s Party” (1987). “It is one of the most beautiful I have seen. A hymn to Christian charity,” he said.