The Pavilion of the Holy Vatican at the Expo has cost €3 million. Pope Francis, according to reports of Fatto Quotidiano newspaper, was displeased at the cost for the 360 square feet pavillion. Some sources speak even of the Pontiff’s irritation and anger. L’Osservatore Romano stated that it concerned “investments with a fixed ceiling”. The figure had been divided equally between the Pontifical Council for culture, headed by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Italian Bishops ‘ Conference and the Archdiocese of Milan. The Cei, in fact, had contributed the same amount allocated to other initiatives: aid for victims of Cyclone Pam archipelagos of Vanuatu and Tuvalu, the fight against the expansion of the Ebola virus in Africa, the first response to the needs of the population affected by the flood in Genoa of 2014, the Christian communities persecuted by Iraqi extremists. In each of these cases, in fact, 1 million euros came from the treasury of Italian Bishops.
“The presence of a pavilion of the Holy Seat at the Expo in Milan, explained Cardinal Ravasi – is certainly no news, since Pius IX to Benedict XVI the Holy Seat has wanted to take part in the international exhibitions to demonstrate the intention of the Church to make its voice heard and to offer its testimony on delicate topics and important future topics which in turn were proposed by the exhibitions , especially in recent decades”. The Bishop of Rome next May will be broadcast live on video at the inauguration ceremony of the event. The theme “Feeding the planet. Energy for life “, developed by the Expo, will allow the Pope to anticipate the content of the upcoming encyclical on the environment. Pope Francis will not directly partecipate at the expo in Milan.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati