EUROPE/ITALY - Young people of "The Economy of Francesco": "The international crisis due to coronavirus shows how everything is interconnected"

Monday, 30 March 2020 pope francis   youth   economy   environment   civil society  

Assisi (Agenzia Fides) - "We will not stop. The international crisis due to the coronavirus once again shows how everything is interconnected. In the light of this dramatic experience, the appointment you gave us appears even more urgent and prophetic": this is what the young participants at the international event "The Economy of Francesco" write in a message to the Pope. An event which was to take place from March 26 to 28, but postponed to November 21 due to the pandemic.
"On our behalf - the young people continue in the text sent to Fides by the press office of the Basilica of San Francesco -, we will multiply the commitment, integrate the themes, organize events and meetings in possible forms, involve other voices and sensitivities. Meeting will be even more beautiful, for us and for the world that now more than ever awaits a different economy, on a human scale".
The event will be attended by young scholars and economic operators from 115 nations.
In their letter to the Pope the young highlight the experiences they should have presented in response to his appeal: "You would have listened to our stories of change: Diego and his eco-village in Brazil, Samer from Lebanon who invented a platform for a job without barriers, Andrea a young economist with a "doctor's heart". And among others, you would have listened to the challenge of Myriam's micro-credit in Uganda, the Azera Turkan does research on the issues of gender inequality and Lilly, the very young Thai activist who fights against plastic. We would have listened to your words and then shared a pact together on the Tomb of St. Francis" .
Finally, they recall that today even The Economy of Francesco and the many people who are working on this process "are experiencing a period of sorrow and concern due to the world crisis", are looking forward to meeting on November 21 and say to the Pope: "we feel comforted that you will continue to accompany us in this journey with your presence and your prayer". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 30/3/2020)