The delightful vineyard in a corner of the garden in the Castel Gandolfo Papal Summer Palace where Benedict XVI loved to be, has been uprooted during the last weeks.
“No one in the Vatican wants to talk about it,” IlMessaggero.it (January 15) writes calling the vineyard “one of the most symbolic places of the previous pontificate.”
The space, about 1000 sqm, will reportedly be turned into a road.
The grapevines were donated to Benedict by the Coldiretti, an Italian agricultural association. He wanted them to be planted near the statue of the Good Shepherd, to underline their symbolic significance.
Now, the vineyard was destroyed in the shepherd’s face.
Two great symbolic gestures speak volumes in our time: the original garden desired by Benedict and the ripping apart, in Benedict's lifetime, of the same garden in order to build a road under the leadership of the great environmental Francis.