«We want a change, a real change, a change of structures,» Pope Francisco said in the Second World Meeting of People's Movements in Santa Cruz
Morales, who thanked the Pope Francisco for its presence in Bolivia, recalled moments of the struggle of the Bolivian people for their liberation and admitted agreeing with Pope Francisco on numerous subjects. Photo: InternetZoom
SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA, Bolivia, July 9. Pope Francisco on Thursday called for a change in the global economic model that only follows the logic of profit and excludes many, besides destroying nature. «We want a change, a real change, a change of structures,» he insisted at the Second World Meeting of People's Movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where he preceded the President of the Pluri-national State, Evo Morales.
«This system now does not hold, the peasants will not endure it, the workers cannot stand it, the communities will not endure it, the people cannot stand it and neither does the Earth, Sister Mother Earth as San Francisco said,» EFE quoted Evo.
For his part, the Pope said his speech was on «the common problems of all Latin Americans and, in general, of all mankind.»
The head of the Catholic Church is making his second stop here on an eight-day tour of South America, which has taken him to Ecuador and then to visit Paraguay.
We are talking about the old and the new forms of colonialism, he said, and stressed that many crimes have been committed against the native peoples of America in the name of God, as my predecessors have recognized, and apologized on behalf of the Church, at the same time also praising the priests who opposed the force of the sword and defended justice for the indigenous peoples.
Pope Francisco, from the beginning of his words, recognized the struggle of the popular movements and spoke of the three basic rights: land, housing and work, in a world -not only Latin America- where there are so many landless families, homeless, and many unemployed workers.
We want a change, the Pope said, adding that global problems require global solutions to the globalization of exclusion and indifference.
In turn, President Evo Morales stressed the importance of setting aside individualism and egoism, and thinking about the common good.
Morales, who thanked the Pope Francisco for its presence in Bolivia, recalled moments of the struggle of the Bolivian people for their liberation and admitted agreeing with Pope Francisco on numerous subjects.
He also recalled how the indigenous peasant movement, the most forgotten and reviled in the country, went from a union struggle to a political struggle with the intention of recovering the principles that their ancestors left behind, PL reported.
Moving from a union struggle to an electoral one has not been in vain. First we re-founded Bolivia and passed from a colonial beggar state to a dignified Pluri-national State. Now we have dignity, he said.
The President said that «a democratic and political revolution must accompany an economic release, or it would not last long. But above all it will last if accompanied by social policies. »
Translated by ESTI