Pope Francis convenes the Second World Summit of Popular Movements IFCO is there, too
In Bolivia this week, Manolo de los Santos, IFCO staff member and seminarian at the Protestant Seminary in Matanzas Cuba, helped draft the Letter of Santa Cruz, the report of the Second World Summit of Popular Movements.
Since most of the US media ignored this meeting of over 2,000 grassroots organizers, please read Manolo’s comments about the meeting, and the English translation of the Letter responding to the Pope’s fiery almost hour long speech.
Manolo comments that many are calling this letter “the new 10 commandments of the movements”
In gratitude for your partnership in the work, we here at IFCO want to share with you Pope Francis’s blessing:
And more photos from the event:
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 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.”