The type of rubbish that the Pope is hearing on his retreat:
The retreat preacher, Italian Benedictine Abbot Bernardo Francesco Maria Gianni, delivered the meditation drawing much from the saintly mayor of the Italian city of Florence, Giorgio La Pira, who believed in God’s dream that a city modelled on the heavenly Jerusalem was possible on earth.
This dream or plan, Abbot Gianni explained, concerns not just the city of Florence of La Pira but all the cities of the world understood as a “space for reconciliation, peace and encounter”, in contrast to a world that is too often condemned to despair, resignation and darkness that are deemed invincible.
The Benedictine monk also spoke about the “universal mystery” that leads each city to rediscover its true vocation and to reflect the heavenly Jerusalem, where people live cohesively, animated by ardent desires and great hopes.
Far from being an irrational, dreamlike and meaningless digression, he explained, this dream is so concrete that it opens the horizon to the action of God. Revisiting and renewing cities top-down, as La Pira wrote, thus becomes fundamental for the good of the people and of political, technical and economic structures.
This is the contemplative outlook of faith, that seeks to implement the history of Christ in the world, despite every effort to break the harmony, beauty and splendour of the city of God.
Go here to read the rest. Saint Augustine’s City of God was not a book on urban planning the last time PopeWatch looked. When PopeWatch thinks of Chicago, describing it as a “space for reconciliation, peace and encounter” somehow never comes to mind.