“It went well. We talked, he is deeply human”. With these words, Virginia Raggi, the newly-elected mayor of Rome, describes her meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican. The conversation between Raggi and the new Pope lasted about 20 minutes. During this face-to-face, she gave Bergoglio a gift: “The voice of the forgotten Rome”, a collection of video messages, calls, invitations, and testimonials from the most troubled suburbs of the Italian capital.
From Ostia to Corviale, from San Basilio to Tor Bella Monaca, tens of Roman citizens have addressed the Holy Father, “wishing him to carry on successfully what he is already doing.” The mayor showed the video to the Pope on her tablet. One of these requests comes from a 30-year-old man who asked Pope Bergoglio to “realize the expressed hope concerning the payment of the IMU tax by the trading activities managed by the Church.” The mayor, according to her staff, who is “in line with the words and work carried out by the Pontiff in recent years, brought him the voices of the last as a gift, the voices of those who have been forgotten by the political institutions for a long-long time.”