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​The many faces of rural and urban exclusion
Sowers of change

· ​The many faces of rural and urban exclusion Sowers of change ·

Place the economy at the service of the people; join the people on a path to peace and justice; defend mother earth. These are the three fundamental tasks which Francis entrusted to the popular movements with whom he met on Thursday afternoon, 9 July, at the largest fair centre in Bolivia. In Santa Cruz the Pope – through his participation – concluded the second international meeting of popular movements in order to recall to the world that the poor can fight against injustice, despite being forced to submit to them. They must be “sowers of change” in order to replace the globalization of exclusion and of indifference with a globalization of hope.

Because — he said to 3,000 people at the Expocruz — “the future of humanity is in great measure in your own hands, through your ability to organize and carry out creative alternatives, through your daily efforts to ensure the three 'L’s'” (labor, lodging, land) which represent the effective slogan of popular movements with the “social poets”. And in the Pope's longest and most passionate speech in Latin America we can find a key to the entire visit.

Before returning for the night, Francis went to visit Cardinal Terrazas who has been in the hospital since 21 June. In fact in Santa Cruz the Pope was the guest of the Archbishop emeritus, who has suffered from various health problems since April. Theirs was a meeting of old friends, since they were created cardinals in the same consistory. 

Gianluca Biccini on assignment in Bolivia

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