On March 13, 2023, to mark the 10th anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, La Civiltà Cattolica organized a presentation of Fr. Antonio Spadaro’s volume “L’atlante di Francesco. Vaticano e politica internazionale” (The Atlas of Francis. Vatican and International Politics). The President of Italy’s Council of Ministers, the Hon. Giorgia Meloni, and the Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, were guests of honor. Below we publish the text of His Eminence’s speech.
I would like to share with you some reflections on the subject of the volume L’atlante di Francesco. Vaticano e politica internazionale by Fr. Antonio Spadaro. It is an expression of his commitment as editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, as well as of his participation in the Holy Father’s apostolic journeys.
I take advantage of the occasion to greet and thank the College of Writers of the journal, which Pope Francis has called “one of a kind.” Always faithful to its original inspiration, for 173 years it has creatively carried out a service of cultural reflection regarding various aspects of human learning.
Ten years ago today, on this very evening, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pontiff and took the name Francis. Stepping out onto the Loggia of Blessings, in that memorable and emotional moment, he sent a clear message to the world, a message we understand better and better today: “Let us pray for the whole world, that there may be a great spirit of fraternity,” he said. Our being here today is a way of celebrating that event.