Within the hour-long interview on state broadcaster RAI’s Channel 3, Francis additionally reiterated a number of the key themes of his papacy, condemning extreme spending on armaments, defending the rights of migrants, and condemning ideological rigidity by conservatives within the Church.
Francis, who has made defending the surroundings a cornerstone of his preach, recounted how Italian fishermen got here to him one yr and instructed him they’d discovered many tons of plastic within the Adriatic Sea. The subsequent time he noticed them they mentioned they’d discovered twice as a lot and took it upon themselves to assist clear a few of it up.
“Throwing plastic into the ocean is prison. It kills biodiversity, it kills the earth, it kills the whole lot,” he mentioned.
“Taking care of creation is an training (course of) during which we should have interaction,” he mentioned, citing a track by Brazilian singer Roberto Carlos during which a boy asks his father why “the river now not sings” and the daddy responds that “we completed it off”.
Requested to elaborate on his style in music, Francis, who made a shock go to to a Rome document retailer final month, mentioned he principally likes classical music but additionally tango.
Requested if he had danced the tango as a younger man in his native Argentina, Francis, 85, mentioned “A porteño who doesn’t dance the tango will not be a porteño”. Porteño is the Spanish title for a resident of Buenos Aires, his dwelling metropolis.
In response to a query about conflict, Francis mentioned: “Give it some thought. If we had been to cease making weapons for one yr, we may feed and educate the entire world. We now have turn into accustomed to wars. It is powerful nevertheless it’s the reality.”
Francis didn’t elaborate on the supply of the statistics he cited however prior to now he has known as for a complete ban on nuclear weapons, saying even their mere possession for deterrence is immoral.
He additionally has known as for armaments spending to be diverted to assist the neediest and for analysis to forestall future pandemics.
Francis once more known as on the European Union to distribute migrants reaching Italy and Spain from North Africa to all EU nations in order to not put extreme social pressure on a couple of nations.
The interview with the host of the favored Sunday programme Che Tempo Che Fa (What is the Climate Like?) was carried out by way of a satellite tv for pc hyperlink from RAI studios in Milan with the Santa Marta residence within the Vatican the place the pope lives.
Francis has shunned the spacious however insulated papal residences within the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace utilized by his predecessors. He lives in modest suite in Santa Marta, the place he normally eats within the widespread space and takes the elevator by himself.
Francis mentioned he had chosen to reside there as a result of he was “not a saint” like his predecessors and wanted to be round folks as a lot as potential. He mentioned he had “few however actual” pals.