Valentinetti: “Now let’s think about workers and traders” –

by time news A year marked by coronavirus, isolation, pain, fear. Easter of 2021, like that of 2020, will also be different from the past, for everyone. This year it’s called the red zone, last year it was lockdown. But the taste is always the same, bitter. To spread a word of comfort, to illuminate what appears dark, is the archbishop of, Tommaso Valentinetti, whose interpretation helps to go further.
A year ago he said that the time spent at home, to defend ourselves from the virus, could serve to rediscover ourselves, to fill us with new life. After a year, do you think we have found each other again or maybe we are lost?
If you think back to those statements, you have to make an effort of perseverance and once again a quantum leap. But I also believe that everything that is happening must ask us some big questions. And that is: have we been able to interact with this reality and to face this situation? For example, regarding the health system, has anything been overlooked? Does the welfare system work or not? In recent years we have seen a dismantling of welfare and health and we have found ourselves in difficulty. Now I ask that you become aware of it, looking at reality with different eyes and with more concrete and more feasible proposals.
And from the most intimate point of view?
The time to look inside has been extended. As believers we must ask ourselves if our Christian life can truly continue as it was before.
That is, will nothing be the same as before?
Yes, that’s right, it’s a caesura. The Pope said the biggest trouble with this pandemic is wasting it over a general review of what we have done and what we do. We ask ourselves, for example, if a catechesis that prepares only for the sacraments is sufficient or if we need to think of a more involving catechesis, with more paths of faith, greater accompaniment along the roads of life. We must aim for a regeneration of the community that is truly Christian and not the supermarket of the sacred where I “buy” baptism, go to take communion and confirmation and celebrate the rite of marriage or the last farewell, for the funeral. We are doing verification work with the priests. Then, after this time of pandemic, we want to be present in the Christian community with a different project and above all open to evangelization to restore the faith to those who do not have it, have lost it, or have felt it waver in this time and he did not feel the support of a hope that had to be communicated.
Even today, despite everything, his message is always positive. Yet just look around, and see a collapse. How do you find something positive?
Either we get out of this situation with a different company or we don’t get out of it. And I am referring to the mechanisms that regulate social choices and political choices. Finance, the creator of a pseudo-development that has brought us to this point, must prevail social well-being, attention to workers, merchants and restaurateurs tried by this pandemic, to the less well-off classes.
Who do you see most impressed?
The last ones, as usual. There are fragile categories that have not yet received the vaccine, despite being the second group to be eligible. But, in the meantime, other categories have received it that perhaps could wait. And then the most affected are adolescents and young people, so much so that there is talk of self-harm, suicides and learning disabilities on the rise. These problems are not solved by increasing the services of child neuropsychiatry, but with a dimension of accompaniment and closeness to these people.
Have you gained a particular admiration for?
From an ecclesial point of view for Pope Francis, for his enormous gesture of hope with the trip to Iraq, with which he made people feel how important the concept of the encyclical “Brothers all” was. I obviously admire the priests, old and young, who have invented – and continue to do so with generous creativity – new ways to accompany the people entrusted to them. I admire those who do their utmost for the last ones, the volunteers, the charities that have never stopped. Then there is the admiration for mothers and fathers who have small children and have to manage work, children and a difficult family situation at the same time. I admire, doctors and health workers, not only those called to treat Covid patients, but also those of the private assistance and rehabilitation facilities that have had problems with the new safety regulations.
For whom do you pray?
Especially for the scientific researchers who gave us a vaccine. And I pray for the foresight of the owners of the vaccines to make them available to humanity. Those who worked for vaccines are entitled to a just reward, but once obtained, there is no profit on what is a good for all humanity.
Also this year there will be no Good Friday procession, but the ceremonies in the churches can be followed in the presence. In essence, is the virus tarnishing traditions and pulling away from the church?
The pandemic has alienated many people from the church but there has been a kind of purification in that too. Those who were linked by bonds of faith to the life of the church and the community made themselves present in many ways. In the restart, one cannot think only of traditional and symbolic values, but of substantial values, namely Eucharist which is love and sharing, Passion of Christ which is solidarity with all the crucified in the world, Resurrection of Jesus which is hope for a new world and a new life.
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