Francis: “You Are Really Communists! Congratulations, Go Ahead"
They were immediately stopped by police but answered that "we have an appointment with the Pope." Francis’ secretary confirmed that this was true.
The two belong to the youth section of Rifondazione Comunista (Communist Refoundation Party) which still uses hammer and sickle, a symbol outlawed in many countries.
Repubblica.it (October 29) explains that “the similarities in thinking between Jorge Mario Bergoglio's social message and the radical left's criticism of the capitalist model are well known.”
Ferroni told the newspaper after the meeting that “we talked for a few minutes.” When Francis saw Gramsci’s face on the bag, he said, “You are really communists! Congratulations, go ahead."
The self-righeous Communist told Repubblica.it later that “notwithstanding the contradictions of an institution such as the Church, today it is impossible for us not to appreciate Francis radical position in questioning, in revealing the injustices and iniquities of the economic system."
The leader of Rifondazione Comunista, Maurizio Acerbo, was excited about the visit and said that “at the party congress a few days ago, I mentioned the Pope and thanked him for welcoming back our comrade Eugenio Melandri.”
The Communist added that in the Italian parliament nobody thinks like us, “except the Pope” but he admitted that the Communists – only on the surface - have “different visions on many issues” such as aborting children, the Vatican-Italy Concordat, and homosex propaganda.
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