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Director’s Cut? | The Pope on Poverty

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Carlos Maranhão of Brasilianas alleges partial censorship and political spin in coverage of Papal address.

Afterwards, Altamiro Borges on another modest instance of political spin imparted to the papal visit by the native media.

In an address that received very little media attention, perhaps as a result of the press conference with Globo’s Fantástico,

Pope Francis said that “the future demands of us a humanist vision of economics and a politics that increases the degree and quality of participation, avoiding elitism and eradicating poverty. Let no one be deprived of what is necessary to live, and let all be assured dignity, fraternity and solidarity. This is the path we must follow. ”

The remarks were made during the meeting with civil society in the Municipal Theater of  Rio on Saturday morning. In his speech, Francis said that “All of those responsible for a nation, are called upon to confront the future with the tranquil gaze of those who can see the truth,” as Brazilian thinker Alceu Amoroso Lima … used to say.”

Issues related to humanization of the economy and eradication of poverty were addressed in the second aspect of this “calm, serene and wise gaze”:  (1) The originality of a cultural tradition; (2) the  responsibility of building the future in the spirit of solidarity; and (3) constructive dialogue on current issues.

The Folha treated this speech with the following headline: “Pope calls for “political rehabilitation and for dialogue against protests and tensions. ”

O Globo: ‘Between selfish indifference and violent protest, there is always an option: dialogue,” Francisco said.

The complete passage, however, is as follows:

“2. The second element I wish to touch on is social responsibility.. This requires a certain cultural paradigm and, as a consequence, a political paradigm as well. We are responsible for the education of new generations, well-instructed in economics and politics and firm in their ethical principles. The future demands of us a humanist vision of economics and a politics that increases the degree and quality of participation, avoiding elitism and eradicating poverty. Let no one be deprived of what is necessary to live, and let all be assured dignity, fraternity and solidarity. This is the path we must follow. ” In the time of the prophet Amos God’s warning was especially powerful: 

They sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals. They trample on the heads of the poor as upon the dust of the ground and deny justice to the oppressed. Father and son use the same girl and so profane my holy name.» (Am 2, 6-7).

“The call for justice continues down to the present day.”

Altamiro Borges: Pope stimulates attacks on Globo

The media did its very best to politicize the visit of Pope Francis to Brazil. Cautiously, the religious leader avoided controversy, reiterating that he knows little of the Brazilian reality. Even so, newspapers, magazines and TV broadcasters insinuated that he condemned corruption and mobilized street protests. O Globo made a headline out of this interpretation: Pope encourages youth to protest”. … from which You might get the impression that he also defends fresh protests against the manipulations of the Globo media empire.  Read with care what the Pope said to Gerson Camarotti of Globo News:

In all frankness I tell you: I am not very aware of what the youth are protesting. That is my first point. Second: a young person who does not protest does not please me. The youth have a utopian illusion, and utopias are not always something negative. Utopia means taking a breath and looking to the future. The young person is more spontaneous, and has little life experience, it is true. But sometimes experience impedes our progress. And the young person has more energy to defend his or her ideals. Youth are essentially non-conformist. And that is a beautiful thing! It is necessary to listen to the youth and make sure that they are not manipulated.

Blogger Ricardo Noblat, whose column runs in O Globo, featured these remarks from the interview, but omitted the final phrase : “make sure they are not manipulated”. Curious, is it not?