October 17th afternoon, Archbishop Paglia has participated at a round table at the FAO General Headquarters in Rome. "Blessed Hunger, Cursed Hunger" was the title.
"Nourishment is culture, Archbishop Paglia said, as the commercials obsessively tell us every day. Undoubtedly, a civilisation based on the fact of sharing the human quality of life must be supported by the symbolic values of nourishment. Precisely for this reason, the barbarity of a technological culture based on the unscrupulous competition of profit cannot win the war against hunger, even when it states that it wants to. We will be – we are– judged based on what we did with regard to the hunger and nudity of our neighbour (Mt 25, 35-36). So wrote the prophet Isaiah, in a particularly hard moment of the history of his people:
“On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples A feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines. On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death forever.” (Isa 25, 6-8)
This is the dream of God for men, the end and aim of history: A life that doesn't end, a sumptuous banquet for all the people. We are all called, nobody excluded, to prepare the banquet. For everyone".