The climate protection activist Greta Thunberg is back on the road – of course by train. Your destination: Rome. There is also planned an encounter with Pope Francis. He should have great sympathy for the young Swede.
Greta Thunberg will meet Pope Francis at the general audience this Wednesday. The 16-year-old belongs to the circle of visitors who are likely to greet the head of the Catholic Church in St. Peter’s Square, a Vatican spokesman with.
In Rome Thunberg wants to take part next Friday in a strike of students. “I know this is a holiday, but because the climate crisis is not going on vacation, we will not do that,” she tweeted. Good Friday – the Friday before Easter – is a public holiday in Sweden, but not in Italy.
At the weekend, Berlin’s Catholic bishop Heiner Koch even compared Thunberg’s role as a model with that of Jesus Christ. The “Fridays for Future” -demonstrators would see in her an idol, some politicians and media Greta is revered as a heroine, said Koch in his episcopal word on the radio. “The Friday demos remind me a little of the biblical scene of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.”
He is not concerned with turning Greta Thunberg into a female Messiah, Koch said, adding, “However, I would like to recall that from time to time our society, and also our church, needs real prophets to point out grievances and aberrations and solutions suggest. “