ROMA, 18 Mar. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Pope has asked Madrid politicians to think "of the people ahead of ideologies" and has asked them for "unity, which is not the same as uniformity", as revealed by the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso , which was received this Saturday in audience by the Pontiff, together with the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez Almeida, and the Government delegate in the community, Mercedes González
"He was very interested in the neighborhoods, in the people who have the most difficulties," the regional president explained to the press in San Pedro Square after the meeting.
The event, which was part of the Holy Year of San Isidro, was organized by the Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Carlos Osoro, to thank Francisco for granting the Jubilee Year of San Isidro.
"I have told him that many people from Madrid asked us to convey the love and closeness of the people of Madrid and above all to ask him to pray for the people of Madrid," said Ayuso, who admitted that he has "pleasant memories" of that "unforgettable moment", which has lasted for 25 minutes.
Ayuso has thus distinguished between governing based on "some values and "some principles" and governing attached to "ideologies, which in the end what they do is grids, which do nothing more than divide the people."
The Pope has also asked them that "there be unity" and that they turn "to people and especially the most vulnerable", as he explained. "He has told us that unity does not mean uniformity, but it does mean that we put people at the center of our policies, even above ideologies. That the most vulnerable are the ones who need us the most, and that we act in the best interest common," he summarized.
Asked about his controversial statements in 2021 about Spanish colonization in Latin America, he has settled that he has not discussed this issue with the Pope. "(The Pope) has asked us for unity in diversity, and we will take it into account, of course," The president has finished.
For his part, the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez Almeida, considered it "an honor" to be received by the Pope. "As a Catholic, it is one of the most exciting moments that I am going to have in my life," said the councilor, who has detailed the gifts that have been brought to the Pope.
It is a bottle of water from San Isidro, some facsimiles about the life of the patron of Madrid and the shirts of Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid, Rayo Vallecano and Getafe. "They have made him very funny", he has riveted.
Finally, the Government delegate in Madrid, Mercedes González, in line with the Pope's advice, stressed the importance of "always putting the people first", highlighting the Pope's "deep knowledge" of "what is happening in Madrid society".
"First the people, then the people, later the people, much more behind the people and in the end, in the end, you", he asserted, acknowledging that, at this time, this message is very necessary in politics and society Madrid.
For the Cardinal and Archbishop of Madrid, Carlos Osoro, "it is a grace to be able to be with the political leaders of all the administrations" in Rome. In addition, he has assured that as archbishop, what he wants is to "seek the unity of all, the good of all, not focus only on some, it is a grace."
"The Pope invites us to seek unity, what unites us. That always suits us all. It has been endearing," concluded the also vice president of the Spanish Episcopal Conference.