ROME – They didn’t sing collectively however U2 frontman Bono and Pope Francis have been in concord about their concern for the planet and the ability of ladies to vary the world once they met in Rome on Thursday.
Bono, 62, and the 85-year-pope shared star billing at an occasion organised by Scholas Occurrentes, a worldwide community of faculties that promotes digital and in-person encounters and goals to spice up academic alternatives.
The motion was based within the pope’s native Argentina when he was nonetheless archbishop of Buenos Aires and has since unfold to greater than 70 international locations, many within the creating world.
In a question-and-answer session at a Rome college, Irishman Bono requested the pope:
“Women’ training is a superpower in preventing excessive poverty and I want to ask His Holiness if he thinks that girls and women play the identical highly effective function in tackling the local weather disaster.”
The pope, who has typically known as for extra respect for the setting and warned of the hazards of world warming, responded:
“We all the time communicate of Mom Earth and never Father Earth,” drawing laughter from Bono and the entire viewers.
“Ladies know extra about concord than males,” mentioned the pope, who remained in a wheelchair all through the occasion as a result of he’s affected by knee and leg ache.
Bono, whose beginning title is Paul David Hewson, sat within the entrance with college students and later greeted the pope. He mentioned he had given college students music classes earlier within the day.
The pope informed the younger folks to reside lives filled with braveness and poetry and “to transcend what’s politically appropriate”.
At one level, an organiser mentioned there was a shock.
Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho walked in and gave the pope – a eager fan of the game – a jersey along with his title and the quantity 10 on it.
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