I am deeply convinced that young economists have a great role because from where they are, they can understand the option for the poor, which is the option of Pope Francis, and which is an evangelical option, but much more, it is an evangelical option for the face of the poor, who is deprived by the capitalist system. And from their place within universities, institutions, and companies, they can connect with reality and help wave a networked society. I believe a lot in networking, because networking weaves the narrative of the collective threads and engages, from there to working on this pact to resetting and redeeming the economy and making it an economy at the service of life. And when we talk about serving life, it is not only the service of destitute men and women but also the service of life on the planet, life in the common home, which includes all living beings. It is the understanding of the Encyclical Laudato si’, in which Pope Francis says that “everything is interconnected”, and that the “ecological dimension”, should be the new paradigm for us, a paradigm of interdependence, a paradigm of reconsidering Mother Earth.
Do not lose hope, keep hope! Be a hopeful youth! Keep hope in the vision of the utopia of Jesus Christ the great humanist and remember his action. The more we are human, the better we live. Immerse in reality. Be passionate about the EoF, with deep compassion, work with enthusiasm, and help rebuild this world with all the instruments and all the production of knowledge that you hold, as well as all the processes of research at the service of the EoF.
- We would like to know a little more about the project you named “House of Francis,” a project that has been spread by the EoF since its beginning. We would like to know a little more about how this idea came about. What does “House of Francis” consist of?
The proposal is that these “houses” may be laboratories, inserted into the local context and that they may weave and trigger a process of reflection in the territory, a reflection for the city and a deep reflection on the role and the political function of public management for example… the role of public policies, the role of social organisations and the culture of solidarity and the culture of rebuilding the city. I know Saint Francis has rebuilt and created groups in his day-to-day life. And Saint Clare, building on what he did, created groups as well. We wish to bring up to date in our world, real concrete “spaces” and “houses” where men can come and make themselves present, and improve their life in this perspective, reworking their life projects, and re-elaborating solution perspectives. Therefore, it is a light for the youth of the periphery as well. I hear the cry of youth from the periphery, looking at our country, where 60,000 young people still die every year, assassinated. This is the place to reflect on the death of Black youth. It is essential that we may create these “houses” as headlights where people can work on the issues of mystical, social issues, political issues, economic issues, and cultural issues. These houses, in my opinion, should be open houses, “macro ecumenic” houses, houses also for those who have no intellectual capacity, open to the spiritual dimension, and to those who are atheists. They should be inclusive houses, widely open, from the point of view of their reception. These Houses will be laboratory spaces, production spaces, and spaces of “immersion” within this process. This is already an experience that has been going on these 41 years and is now accumulating more and more inputs in this direction from people able to enhance, undoubtedly this process. And I believe that Brazilian youth is increasingly appropriating this process, and making, imagining, a great worldwide network of houses of Francis and Clare. I can say, “I wish to go to the Philippines and spend my holiday there,” “I wish to go to Europe and spend some time of my life there,” “I wish to go to Africa and spend my holidays there,” “I wish to go to Central America, Latin America, and spend my holidays” So, it is an internationalisation of the presence of the youth, full of ideas. I am sure that will give the world a great revolutionary prospect for being passionate afresh by the Common House. In my opinion, Houses of Francis should share this inspiration of being simple spaces that help impact the heart of daily life and to engage more and more people in rebuilding humanity from the bottom. Pope Francis says in Fratelli Tutti (§78), to work step by step from the bottom, creating, generating a fresh gaze at the world, not towards a closed, but an open horizon. So, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us as young people in this country… And the Pope says something particularly important: you are young, we need your legs to run, you need our aged wisdom to shine the light, let us not lose our way.