| Pope Francis is in Bolivia
IFCO is there, too
The 26th US-Cuba Friendshipment is on the road, with the seven routes making their way from their starting points in Canada and northern states, heading to McAllen Texas, where they will gather and cross over the boarder on their way to Cuba. And as always, without the license (which is STILL required by US law), in our usual act of civil disobedience — LOVE IS OUR LICENSE.
But in Bolivia, Manolo de los Santos, IFCO staff member and seminarian at the Protestant Seminary in Matanzas Cuba, has arrived to take part of the Second World Summit of Popular Movements.
Read the first entry of Manolo’s journal of his experience (further entries will be posted on our website.)
The Associated Press story on the Pope’s visit included a mention of this Summit. To quote: “Later in the day, Francis was to meet with priests and seminarians and attend the Second World Summit of “popular movements,” a collection of non-governmental organizations representing street sellers, fishermen, farmers and “cartoneros,” who sift through garbage looking for recyclable goods. His keynote speech was expected to be one of the highlights of the trip, outlining his core priorities about the need for a radical change in the world’s economic order to alleviate poverty, injustice and environmental destruction.
“When Francis headlined the first such summit at the Vatican last October, he issued a remarkable, off-the-cuff monologue on the injustice of unemployment, the scandal of poverty and the man’s obligation to care for the Earth.
“Pope Francis waves from his popemobile as he arrives to celebrate Mass at Christ the Redeemer square …
“Terra, Techo, Trabajo,” was his mantra then. “Land, Roof, Work.”
“When I talk about this, some people think the pope is a communist,” he told the Vatican gathering. “They don’t realize that love for the poor is at the center of the Gospel.”
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