Bono and the pope harmonize on local weather change, women’ schooling

U2's frontman Bono walks next to Pope Francis during the inauguration of the 'Laudato Si' School in Rome, Italy, May 19, 2022. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mang

U2’s frontman Bono walks subsequent to Pope Francis through the inauguration of the ‘Laudato Si’ College in Rome, Italy, Might 19, 2022. (REUTERS)

ROME  – They didn’t sing collectively however U2 frontman Bono and Pope Francis had been in concord about their concern for the planet and the facility of girls to vary the world after they met in Rome on Thursday.

Bono, 62, and the 85-year-pope shared star billing at an occasion organised by Scholas Occurrentes, a worldwide community of colleges that promotes digital and in-person encounters and goals to spice up academic alternatives.

The motion was based within the pope’s native Argentina when he was nonetheless archbishop of Buenos Aires and has since unfold to greater than 70 nations, many within the growing world.

In a question-and-answer session at a Rome college, Irishman Bono requested the pope:

“Women’ schooling is a superpower in combating excessive poverty and I want to ask His Holiness if he thinks that ladies and women play the identical highly effective function in tackling the local weather disaster.”

The pope, who has usually known as for extra respect for the setting and warned of the hazards of worldwide warming, responded:

“We all the time converse of Mom Earth and never Father Earth,” drawing laughter from Bono and the entire viewers.

“Girls know extra about concord than males,” stated the pope, who remained in a wheelchair all through the occasion as a result of he’s affected by knee and leg ache.

Bono, whose delivery title is Paul David Hewson, sat within the entrance with college students and later greeted the pope. He stated he had given college students music classes earlier within the day.

The pope instructed the younger folks to stay lives stuffed with braveness and poetry and “to transcend what’s politically right”.

At one level, an organiser stated there was a shock.

Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho walked in and gave the pope – a eager fan of the game – a jersey together with his title and the quantity 10 on it.


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