The Pope’s journey to Africa – Two reflections on his pontificate

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POPE in Africa (Madacascar) Photo ANSA

 

In these days the Pope is traveling to Africa.
The program includes visits to three countries: Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. In addition, the Pope will meet young people, authorities and clergy but also AIDS patients and survivors of epidemics. Only another pope had been in Africa: Pope John Paul II in May 1989.

Pope Francis’ journey will last 7 days: from 4 to 10 September!

 

Pontificate

The pontificate of Pope Francis lives all in all with conflicting opinions, although mainly favorable, probably due to his warmer charisma than his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

The problem of immigration, which is at the center of politics due to the serious problems of hospitality that Italy has to face every day, puts the pontificate of Pope Francis in serious difficulty, which since the beginning has always supported maximum acceptance without if and without but. A philosophy that many people certainly don’t like.

Beyond the issue of immigration, there is always the problem of pedophilia, which in spite of everything in recent years has spoken little about it, even if the subject is always alive among the people.
I must say that despite the many problems that exist in Italy, Pope Francis has been able to capture the sympathy of the people, confirming the greatness (and at the same time the humility) of his name more in words than in deeds.

The image of the Pope in Italy is completely different from the one he has abroad. It is obvious that in the Latin American countries the popularity of the Pope is out of the question and when there is a journey the Pope gathers millions of faithful.
In Anglo-Saxon countries instead. the Pope’s popularity is minor. Moreover, most of the scandals or investigations into pedophilia come from the Anglo-Saxon countries.

Although the Pope has brought considerable innovation and openness to the church, some reforms have been harshly criticized. For example, changing – albeit slightly – the prayer of the Our Father, was for many disconcerting.

Surely the opening to the Gay or some sex taboos has benefited the church, but probably not enough. The pontificate of Pope John Paul II seems very far away.

Surely the opening to the Gay or some sex taboos has benefited the church, but probably not enough. The pontificate of Pope John Paul II seems very far away. As a tradition, the church always places itself as a stronghold before social and world evolution, to take the distance from possible drifts.

The humanity of Pope Francis is certainly that of having often come into contact with people. Many will always remember the phone calls he made at the homes of the people, who answered almost incredulously.
Judging a pontificate is very difficult. Each era has its socio-political-economic context.

In addition to the problems mentioned above, there are the perennial problems of the thousands of property units owned by the Vatican, which are largely exempt from taxes, and the remaining Vatican has outstanding debts.

 

Il nuovo nome dei COLPLAY… losunidades

 

La nuova canzone dei Coldplay è uscita da qualche mese…

Nelle radio l’avrete quasi sicuramente sentita e non so che effetto vi avrà fatto ma a me ha lasciato stupore perché all’inizio non sapevo se si trattasse proprio della band inglese capitanata da Chris Martin o qualche altra particolare collaborazione…

Alla fine vengo a sapere che il nuovo nome dei Coldplay (probabilmente solo per l’EP da cui è estratto il singolo e-lo] è LOS UNIDADES

L’EPGlobal Citizen‘ è uscito il 30 Novembre 2018 – o meglio – è stato pubblicato su YouTube e vede la collaborazione di Pharrell Williams con il quale hanno lanciato il singolo estratto E-Lo.

La canzone E-lo prende ispirazione da Nelson Mandela.

I ricavati dei guadagni dell’EP Global Citizen andranno devoluti in beneficenza alle popolazioni africane.

Infatti Global Citizen è un associazione che lotta contro la povertà estrema, che si vorrebbe cancellarla entro il 2030, ed è riuscita a mobilitare fondi per 37,9 miliardi di dollari destinati a migliorare la vita a oltre due miliardi di persone.

 

LYRICS

[Verse 1]
And there’s nowhere I’d rather be (Rather be)
When they take with the one hand and take with the other
On the day all the hands go free (Hands go free)
And the sun’s gonna shine
The sun’s gonna shine on me

[Chorus]
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
And all the people go
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo

[Verse 2]
Mama Maria, she would take my hand (Take my hand)
Down to el Rio Sol (Ooh)
Saying, “Oye for real hijo understand” (Understand)
“Hands can hurt or heal so”

[Chorus]
Tell all the people go
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
And all the people go
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
And all the people go
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
And all the people go
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
Free hands go
[Verse 3]
Mama Maria, she would take my hand
Down to the Rio and flow
Baxabana ogxam baxabana ngenoxoxo
Bexakwe yinuxba xaka

[Chorus]
Tell all the people go
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
All the people go
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
Tell all the people go
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
And all the people go
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
Free hands go

[Bridge]
And there’s nowhere I’d rather be (Rather be)
Gonna raise up the one hand and raise up the other
Hurt me outside, inside I’m free (Inside I’m free)
And there’s no enemy
Everyone is my brother
When the truth comes to set me free (Set me free, yeah)
And we’re not going to fall in and out with each other
On the day all the hands go free (Hands go free)
Then the sun’s gonna shine
And the sun’s gonna shine on me
[Chorus]
Tell all the people go
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
And all the people go
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
Free hands go

[Outro]
And the sun’s gonna shine on me
And I know, one day I know
The sun’s gonna shine on me
Let my hands go free
Let my hands go free
Let my hands go free
The sun’s gonna shine on me
Let my hands go free
And all hands go free
When all hands go free
The sun’s gonna shine on me

TRADUZIONE
e non c’è nessun altro luogo dove vorrei andare
quando si prendono mano nelle mani a vicenda
nel giorno in cui tutte le mani saranno libere
e il sole splenderà su di me
il sole splenderò su di me
O-lo-e-o-l0-lo-lo-lo-lo
And all the people go
O-l0-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-
Mamma Maria, lei prenderebbe la mia mano
e la condurrebbe giù al Rio Sol
dicendo, ascolta davvero figlio, comprendi
le mani non possono fare male o guarire così
dì a tutte le persone vai
O-l0-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-
e tutte le persone vanno
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
e tutte le persone vanno
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
e tutte le persone vanno
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
le mani libere vanno
Mamma maria, le prenderebbe la mia mano
e la condurrebbe giù al Rio e scorrerebbe
Baxabana ogxam baxabana ngenoxoxo
Bexakwe yinuxba xaka
dì a tutte le persone vai
O-l0-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-
e tutte le persone vanno
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
e tutte le persone vanno
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
e tutte le persone vanno
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
le mani libere vanno
e non c’è nessun altro luogo dove vorrei essere
alzerò una mano e alzerò l’altra
fammi male dentro, dentro sono libero
e non c’è nemic0
tutti sono miei fratelli
quando la verità arriva a liberarmi
e non cadremo addosso gli uni sugli altri
nel giorno in cui tutte le mani si libereranno
poi il sole splenderà
e il sole splenderà su di me
dì a tutte le persone vai
O-l0-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-
e tutte le persone vanno
O-lo-e-o-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo
mani libere vanno
e il sole splenderà su di me
e io so, un giorno so
il sole splenderà su di me
lasciate che le mie mani siano libere
lasciate che le mie mani siano libere
lasciate che le mie mani siano libere
il sole splenderà su di me
lasciate che le mie mani siano libere
e tutte le mani siano libere
quando tutte le mani saranno libere
il sole splenderà su di me