- Sep 21, 2020
[Editor’s Note: Andrea Riccardi is an Italian Church historian, a former minister in the Italian government, and the founder of the Community of San’t Egidio. This piece appeared in the May 7 edition of the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, and is published here in a Crux translation courtesy of
The great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, whom Pope Francis – then a young Jesuit – invited in 1968 to speak at the school where he taught, once wrote an essay about the relationship of Argentine culture to European traditions. Having absorbed millions of its emigrants, built cities that imitated
On Friday, Pope Francis delivered his own “I have a dream” address, in this case dedicated to Europe, calling the continent to undergo a “memory transfusion” to avoid the mistakes of the past and to pursue a future based on economic justice, openness to newcomers, respect for life in all its stages, and dialogue with everyone.