Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 12:06 pm
The director of the Vatican press office said that several major themes can be seen throughout Pope Francis’ addresses during World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
What we are seeing during this Papal trip, said Fr. Federico Lombardi, are “key expressions that are emerging as the marks of this pontificate.”
These are phrases and concepts that have already been part of Pope's Francis' papacy, but are now finding particular expression, he explained at a July 27 press briefing.
One of these major expressions is the repeated call for a “culture of encounter” rather than a “throw-away culture” that discards and marginalizes people.
The Holy Father most recently made an appeal for this cultural shift at Rio’s Municipal Theatre, where he met July 27 with a group of Brazil’s political, cultural, religious and academic leaders.
He also issued a call to “rehabilitate politics” and spoke on the necessity of “social humility” in working towards dialogue, two phrases that Fr. Lombardi highlighted.
The Vatican spokesman applauded the gathering at the theater for including “the little people, the ordinary folks” from Brazilian society, saying that it was truly a meeting “of the Pope with the whole society of Brazil.”
Fr. Lombardi also emphasized the lunch that Pope Francis had with the country’s bishops on Saturday afternoon.