The Pontiff welcomes businessmen and representatives of the Italian Confederation “Confortigianato”, established after the Second World War and which has contributed to Italy’s economic renaissance. In his speech, he thanked them for including those who are severely disabled, disabled, or marginalized and encouraged them to become “craftsmen of the new humanity and peace” at a time when “war “Claims the victims and not the poor.” Is heard.”
Sebastian Samson Ferrari – Vatican City
“Machines reproduce at extraordinary speed even while people invent”, this was the comment of the Holy Father when he met on the morning of Saturday, February 10, several businessmen and representatives of the Italian Confederation Conferficianato.
The Pontiff stressed that the association, established in 1946 after World War II, has contributed to the rebirth and development of the national economy. In his own words, the Bishop of Rome highlighted that “in recent decades, there have been remarkable changes in the craft sector, going from small workshops to companies producing goods and services on a large scale.”
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“The use of technologies has expanded the possibilities of this field, but it is important that they do not replace the imagination of man, created in the image and likeness of God.”
The unit’s activities foster ingenuity and creativity, according to the Holy Father, who highlighted how work is linked to three parts of the body: hands, eyes and feet. “The heart is missing,” he remarked spontaneously, deviating from the prepared text.
When referring to the first concept (hands), Bergoglio explained that “work done by hands makes the artisan participate in the creative work of God” and pointed out that “making is not the same as producing.”
“It brings out the creative potential that can bring together the skill of the hands, the passion of the heart and the ideas of the mind. Their hands know how to do many things which makes them God’s helpers. As clay is in the potter’s hand, so you are in my hand’ (Jer 18:6), says the Lord. Bless and thank God for the gift of your hands and the work that allows you to express yourself.
Francisco acknowledged that not everyone is so lucky, because “there are people who are idle, there are people who are unemployed and there are people who are looking for employment.” “These are all human conditions that need to be fixed,” he said.
Pedro’s successor said that sometimes it happens that his companies look for qualified personnel and do not find them. He told them to “not be discouraged when making job offers and not to be afraid to engage the most fragile groups, i.e. young people, women and migrants.” He thanked her “for her contribution in breaking down the walls of exclusion towards those who are severely disabled or perhaps have become disabled as a result of a work accident, who live marginalized and exploited. “
“Each person should be recognized according to his dignity as a worker. Let us never clip the wings of the dreams of those who want to better the world through work and use their hands to express themselves.”
With regard to the eyes, His Holiness praised the original view of reality that an artisan possesses: “He has the ability to recognize a masterpiece in inert matter even before it is finished. That is, to the artisan there is a piece of furniture; to everyone there is a piece of wood, to the artisan there is a violin, a chair, a frame!
“The artisan comes before anyone else to discover the destiny of the beauty of the material. And this brings him closer to the Creator,” he said. Citing the Gospel of Mark, he reminded that Jesus is called a “carpenter”: “The Son of God was a craftsman, he learned the trade of St. Joseph in the workshop of Nazareth. He was skilled at planes, chisels and carpentry for many years.” Lived among the tools. “He learned the value of things and work.”
“Consumerism has spread an ugly mentality: the throwaway mentality. But creation is not the sum of things, it is a gift, ‘a joyful mystery which we contemplate with joy and admiration'” (N.C. Laudato Si’, 12).
And you, artisans, the Pope continued, “help us to have a different eye on reality, to recognize the value and beauty of the material that God has entrusted to our hands.”
The last aspect touched upon by the Pontiff was the importance of the feet and he observed that the products that are the result of Confartigniato’s activity “travel around the world and beautify it, meeting the needs of people.” Then, he valued craft as “a way to work, to develop the imagination, to improve the environment, living conditions, relationships.”
Francisco acknowledged that he prefers to think of them as “craftsmen of brotherhood” and recalled the parable of the Good Samaritan, “which reminds us of this craft of relationships, of sharing together.” And he explained it like this:
“The Samaritan became a neighbor, bent down and picked up the injured man, set him on his feet and respected him through signs of care. Thus, ‘the parable shows us by what initiatives a community can be rebuilt from men and women who make the fragility of others their own, who do not allow a society of exclusion to arise, but rather become neighbors. Go and do upliftment and rehabilitation. Fell, that goodness might be common” (N.C. Fratelli Tutti, 67).
The Bishop of Rome said that “Our feet allow us to meet those who have fallen on the way: through work we can allow them to walk with us. We can become companions on the journey amidst a culture of indifference. He said, “Every time we take a step closer to our brothers, we become the architects of a new humanity.”
Peter’s successor encouraged them to become artisans of peace “at a time when wars claim victims and the poor are not heard” and encouraged them that “their hands, their eyes, their feet will be the tools of a creative humanity.” There should be signs.” And generous, and may you always have a passion for beauty in your heart.”
He expressed his gratitude to them for the good works they had done and entrusted them with the protection of Saint Joseph: “May he watch over you, your families, and your work. I bless you with all my heart. And I request you to please pray for me. Thank you”.