AMERICA/ECUADOR - From the “Continent of Hope” total communion with the Pope and profound sadness

Friday, 18 January 2008

Quito (Agenzia Fides) - "With deep concern we heard of the incomprehensible attitude of a few professors and students at La Sapienza University in Rome who deprived the majority of the university community of an opportunity to greet His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and listen to him speak” José N. Mármol M. Editor of the web site of Latin American and Caribbean Media Organisation OCLACC, said in a report sent to Fides.
"It is difficult to understand why a university centre, where freedom and culture are defended without hesitation for their nature and where ideological pluralism is promoted without limit, would put up barriers and close spaces for dialogue which seeks to build a society of justice and brotherhood. From our ‘Continent of Hope’, which, as Benedict XVI said when he inaugurated 5th General Conference of the Council of Bishops' Conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean in Aparecida, must also be the ‘Continent of Love’, we express total communion with the Pope and sadness for this attitude which clashes with the opening to the Light which should be the distinguishing mark of a university centre.
With these few lines I am united with similar expressions from every corner of the world to express closeness and fidelity to our Pontiff. Thanks to the amazing development of communications will be able to follow with attention what happens in St Peter's Square”. (RG) (Agenzia Fides 18/1/2008; righe 18, parole 234)