Globalisation can’t impose new colonialism -pope to IFAD

(ANSA) – VATICAN CITY, FEB 2 – Globalisation must not impose
a new form of colonialism, Pope Francis said in a message to
participants in the Fifth International Forum of Indigenous
Peoples hosted by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural
Development (IFAD) in Rome Tuesday.
    “Globalisation cannot mean a uniformity that ignores diversity
and imposes a new type of colonialism,” Francis told the forum,
which takes place from 2-4 February and on 15 February.
    The Forum will focus on the value of indigenous food systems:
resilience in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    In his message, the pope underlines that an alternative to
globalisation needs to be created “based on solidarity so that
no one feels ignored, but neither does it overbearingly impose
its own direction.”
On the contrary, he says, “when diversities are articulated and
mutually enriched, communion between peoples flourishes and is
enlivened.”
Pope Francis goes on to say that development needs to be
promoted in a way that does not have “consumption as its means
and end, but that truly watches over the environment, listens,
learns and ennobles.” “This is what integral ecology consists of, in which social
justice is combined with the protection of the planet,” the Pope
underlines.
    “Only with this humility of spirit,” he writes, “will we be able
to see the total defeat of hunger and a society based on lasting
values, which are not the fruit of passing fads and partiality,
but of justice and goodness.”
Concluding his message, Pope Francis expresses the hope that the
Forum’s work will produce “abundant fruits”.
    In order to hand over to the next generation a world that is “a
treasure”, says the Pope, “let us pay attention to what benefits
everyone and that will be precisely what will allow us to pass
through this world leaving a furrow of altruism and generosity.”
(ANSA).
   

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