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  • Pope Francis, during his visit to Varginha, Minas Gerais, Brazil

    Pope Francis, during his visit to Varginha, Minas Gerais, Brazil | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Published 13 February 2020

The encounter between the pontiff and Lula will take place during the evening hours at House Saint Martha.

Pope Francis will receive the ex-President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, on Thursday to discuss important  topics like starvation, social inequalities and intolerance in Brazil and across the world.

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The encounter between the pontiff and Lula will take place during the evening hours at House Saint Martha, the Pope´s residence and place for his meetings.

Recently, Argentina´s President, Alberto Fernandez, said to International France Radio that his Holiness would be delighted to receive the former Brazilian worker's party leader. This dialogue also indicated that the topic emerged when Fernandez and the Pope discussed lawfare and the Lava Jato operation against the former Brazilian President. This is the second time Fernandez was the concord point between Lula´s and Francis' emissaries.

The first time was in August of 2018, four months after the ex-Chief of State's detention and before Fernandez's presidential run, when he intended to arrange a meeting to give international visibility to the political prisoner of the former union leader.

The Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff explained that one of the big issues between the two figures will be social inequality. 

“This is the meeting of two charismatic and worldwide acknowledged leaders. This will be positive for the Pope, who will take Lula´s experience in inequality reduction process”, Boff said.

For the former President, it will be also important to meet the Pope because they "have the same propositions to accuse and reject this global system that generates poverty, jeopardize nature and is anti-life.” According to the philosopher, Francis had denounced this inequality as a consequence of a form of workers and nature exploitation. 

Lula, currently in Rome, traveled to Italy after the Brazilian justice accepted to postpone to February 19th an interrogatory scheduled for February 11th.

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