Brazil’s ex-President Lula Inspired by His Meeting with Pope Francis
“I hope I can have the same drive as Pope Francis to fight for a better world,” Brazil’s ex-president said after meeting.
14 Feb 2020 – Increasing global inequality, environmental crisis, and forging solidarity-driven alternatives for the economy were some of the topics Brazil’s ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Pope Francis discussed on Thursday [13 Feb] at the Vatican.
After the meeting, Lula spoke with journalists about a meeting called by the pope with young people up to 35 years old to discuss alternatives for a new global economy.
“It’s a very invigorating decision by the pope, and it addresses a crucial issue for the future of workers around the world,” Lula said. The event will take place in Assisi, Italy between Mar. 26 and 28.
Lula said Pope Francis wants to leave a long-lasting legacy for the world. “At his age, 84, he wants to do things that will stick, things that will stay forever with society.”
“I will fly back to Brazil hoping I can have the same drive as Pope Francis to fight for a better world,” the Brazilian ex-president said.
Lula mentioned that the Pope’s plan to encourage the youth to discuss the world’s economic problems could inspire unions, other churches, and political parties across the globe.
During the meeting, Lula said, they also talked about the rights workers fought for and secured in the 20th century, but which are now “being taken away by the greed of corporate and financial interests.”
“Everyone knows what happened to the world after the 2008 crisis and the New York stock market crash. I took part in many G20 meetings, from the first ones in Washington to the last one in Singapore. All decisions we would make were intended to prevent workers from being affected, so that there would be no protectionism, so that we could discuss developing poor countries, but none of that happened.”
Pope Francis and Lula discussed the environment as a top-priority issue, pointing out that there must be ways to transition to clean energy.
“Brazil is a privileged country, because our electric grid is 80 percent clean energy. Brazil has a lot of renewable energy. Brazil can generate a lot of power. And the world can too, with wind, photovoltaic, or solar energy,” Lula said.
“We notice that, despite speeches, government authorities are not willing or concerned about the environment. I just wanted to remind you all that a lot of people want to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol,” he said.
In an exclusive interview for teleSUR, the former-president analyzed the reality that Brazil is experiencing and the social protests that have occurred in several Latin American countries
Gepostet von teleSUR English am Samstag, 28. Dezember 2019
Tags: BRICS, Brasil, Brazil, Lula da Silva, Pope Francis, Vatican
DISCLAIMER: The statements, views and opinions expressed in pieces republished here are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of TMS. In accordance with title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. TMS has no affiliation whatsoever with the originator of this article nor is TMS endorsed or sponsored by the originator. “GO TO ORIGINAL” links are provided as a convenience to our readers and allow for verification of authenticity. However, as originating pages are often updated by their originating host sites, the versions posted may not match the versions our readers view when clicking the “GO TO ORIGINAL” links. This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
Join the discussion!
We welcome debate and dissent, but personal — ad hominem — attacks (on authors, other users or any individual), abuse and defamatory language will not be tolerated. Nor will we tolerate attempts to deliberately disrupt discussions. We aim to maintain an inviting space to focus on intelligent interactions and debates.
Click here to go to the current weekly digest or pick another article:
- “Keep It Confidential:” The Secret History of U.S. Involvement in Brazil’s Scandal-Wracked Operation Car Wash
- Gandhi’s Killer Evokes Admiration as Never Before
- How India’s Modi Is Playing on Trump’s Ego to His Advantage
LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN:
- Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Bolsonaro’s Brazil Begs for Cuban Doctors--After Expelling Them
- IMF Refuses Aid to Venezuela in the Midst of the Coronavirus Crisis
- Cuba Gives Permission for Cruise Ship Carrying COVID-19 Patients to Dock