Pope Francis visited the City of Rome today and stressed that the Eternal City needs "creative courage to stay orderly and livable, so that splendor does not degrade".
The pope, who is also the bishop of Rome, looked out onto the balcony of the town hall from which the Roman Forums are shown with the mayor, Virgina Raggi, and gave his speech in the Giulio Cesare room.
The management of the City of Rome by Raggi is continually criticized for the abandonment that presents the city, with the streets full of potholes and garbage that accumulates in the neighborhoods.
"The Eternal City is like a huge chest of spiritual treasures, historical-artistic and institutional, and at the same time it is the place inhabited by about three million people who work, study, pray, meet and carry forward their personal history and family, "explained Francisco.
He added: "Therefore he needs humble and assiduous care and creative courage to keep himself orderly and livable, so that such splendor does not degrade".
Bergoglio, who is the fourth pontiff to visit the capital's headquarters after St. Paul VI, St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, asked "that Rome keep up with its tasks and its history."
He pleaded for Rome to know "to be a beacon of civilization and teacher of welcome" and not to lose "the wisdom that manifests itself in the ability to integrate and make everyone feel fully involved in a common destiny."
He recalled that Rome "has seen the arrival, from many countries, of many migrants who have fled wars and misery" and urged that the city use "its energies to welcome and integrate, to transform tensions and problems into opportunities of meeting and growth ".
"Rome, city of bridges, not walls!" He cried.
Francisco also addressed the Romans who crowded into the famous Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo, to ask them, "according to their abilities, to take care of each other, to stay close to each other, to respect each other so that they can personify in you the most beautiful values of this city. "