(ANSA) – QUEBEC, JUL 27 – On his fourth day in Canada, Pope Francis moves from Edmonton to Quebec, the capital of the French-speaking province of the same name, and here he meets the authorities of the country – in particular the governor general Mary Simon and the former Minister Justin Trudeau – and again the indigenous peoples, renewing his request for forgiveness for the abuses suffered by the natives due to the colonialist policy of assimilation and in residential schools run by the Catholic Church. But in her speech she also addresses other issues: such as politics, inviting her to look at future generations and not at electoral deadlines, and war, “senseless madness” against which it is necessary to “alleviate the extremisms of the opposition” and above all “not rearm” .
“The great challenges of today, such as peace, climate change, pandemic effects and international migration have one constant in common: they are global, they concern everyone. And if they all speak of the need for the whole, politics cannot remain a prisoner. of vested interests “, warns the pontiff. “It is necessary to be able to look, as indigenous wisdom teaches, at the seven future generations, not at the immediate convenience, at the electoral deadlines, at the support of the lobbies. And also to value the desires of fraternity, justice and peace of the younger generations”, he adds. “There is a need for creative and far-sighted policies, which know how to get out of the schemes of the parties to respond to global challenges”, the pope reiterates.
Furthermore, “today, in the face of the senseless madness of war, we again need to soothe the extremes of opposition and heal the wounds of hatred”. “We do not need to divide the world into friends and enemies, to distance ourselves and rearm to the teeth: it will not be the arms race and deterrence strategies that will bring peace and security – he says -. There is no need to ask ourselves. to continue the wars, but how to stop them. And to prevent the peoples from being held hostage again by the grip of frightening, extended cold wars “. (HANDLE).