Pope Francis considers that Latin America still “is a victim of exploitative imperialism” and urged to work for the dream of unity of San Martín and Bolívar. “Latin America is still on that slow path, of struggle, of the dream of San Martín and Bolívar for the unity of the region”, assured the Argentine pontiff in the interview granted at his residence inside the Vatican.
“We must work to achieve Latin American unity”
The region “It was always a victim, and it will be a victim until it is freed from exploitative imperialisms”, underlined Francisco, who did not want to indicate what they are. “I don’t want to mention them because they are so obvious that everyone sees them,” he added. Asked about the political changes that have occurred in several Latin American countries, with popular and inclusive projects who reject neoliberalism, the Argentine Pope recalled that “the dream of San Martín and Bolívar is a prophecy”.
“We must work to achieve Latin American unity. Where each people feels itself with its identity and, at the same time, in need of the identity of the other. It’s not easy,” he assured. The first Latin American pope in history, 85, that next year he celebrates 10 years of pontificate, He made a sort of balance of his work, spoke about the war in Ukraine, the pandemic, young people and confessed that he feels that he has left an “imprint” on the church in Latin America.
“The Latin American Church has a history of closeness to the very large people,” he stressed. “If we take the episcopal conferences – the first in Medellin, then Puebla, Santo Domingo and Aparecida – it was always in dialogue with the people of God. And that helped a lot. It is a popular church, in the real sense of the word,” he explained.
Regarding his health, and responding to the question “Do we have a Pope and Francis for a while?”, he replied: “Let the one above say it.”
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