Quito (Agenzia Fides) - "I do not understand why people buy so much!" says a surprised Francesco d'Assisi who, after trying in vain to communicate with the travelers of a twenty-first century city, busy with their smartphones, ends up talking with a dustbin that swallows the waste of passers-by. Thus begins the first chapter of "The traveler of Assisi", a cartoon with documental inserts produced by the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (Repam) to "defend life and the common home" (Mother Earth) by presenting answers from groups and communities "that many parts of the world are committed to changing the paradigm of consumption and waste", the generator of "greater injustice and exclusion" as specified in the statement sent to Agenzia Fides.
Based on Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Sì, the series launched yesterday, June 22nd, will be distributed in schools through Repam and the friendly institutions. "We are aiming for mass dissemination", explains Daniela Andrade to Fides. Meanwhile, the episodes will be launched on youtube and social media, while talking to some television channels. "The traveler of Assisi" will present in eight chapters of three minutes, Latin American stories "of resistance, hope, strength and defense of integral ecology and justice". A friendly "Poverello di Assisi" will travel the planet conversing with the creatures that inhabit it. His friend and homonymous Pope warned him about the risks they run.
The journey begins with the episode "Recycling waste", in an urban environment in which the saint discovers the prevailing "culture of waste". "Culture?" he wonders perplexed. And proposes the intelligent reuse of waste. The note of hope comes from the Pope’s words that underlines the ecological and social function of recycler cooperatives (the "cartoneros") of South America and by images and words of protagonists of this action. During his journey, the saint will learn from his and our "sister creatures" that the selfishness of some men and women has transformed nature into an object of consumption at the service of particular interests. But it will also contemplate the beauty and grandeur of God's work and the resistance of many who constitute a hope for the future.
The series produced by Repam is a realization of Yaku Audiovisivi, a multidisciplinary and multicultural team, with the support of Catholic agencies such as the British CAFOD and the US CRS. The next episodes are titled "Pedaling for the change", "Lack of water?", "Sowing hope", "The value of gold", "The guardians of life", "The comfort of the contemporary wave" and " We had to go to the North ". Soon, translations into Portuguese and English will be available. (SM) (Agenzia Fides, 23/6/2018)