“Bread and legality” in Altomonte, Gratteri: “In Calabria progress is being made, but more could have been done”

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By John

The second day of the Altomonte Bread Festival began with the event “Breads of legality: free to choose”: a moment of inclusion and training. Here the production of bread took place in an oven in the historic center by of people confined in the Castrovillari prison in collaboration with the students of the Filangieri Higher Institute of Trebisacce, in the presence of the new chief prosecutor of Naples, Dr. Nicola Gratteriand of the Bishop of the Diocese of Cassano Jonio, Monsignor Francesco Savino. This was followed by a meeting on the theme: “Bread and legality”, face to face with the Prosecutor Nicola Gratteri; Monsignor Francesco Savino and Don Francesco Faillace Responsible for chaplains in prisons in Calabria. The Razetti Hall of the Dominican Convent is packed with people. To conclude the morning, the “Buffet in the Cloister” organized by the Iis Mancini-Tommasi” of Cosenza – Hotel Institute in collaboration with the Flag – The Ionian Seaside Villages.

Gratteri: In Calabria, progress is being made, but more could have been done

«Calabria has changed a bit in recent times. There are hints, there are worlds where progress has been made. I remember, for example, that 30 years ago traders came from the North, bought our products, brought them to the North, processed them, packaged them and then those same products returned to the shelves of Calabrian shops. Today this has changed. Here too there are many industries processing our agricultural products and this comforts me. We have made a lot of progress, but the anger remains because more could have been done.” The new prosecutor of Naples said it Nicola Gratteri, participating, as part of the «Bread Festival» underway in Altomonte, in the «Bread and Legality» initiative. «We must give – he added – more and better training offers to young people. In Calabria, for example, there are three faculties of Law, in Catanzaro, Cosenza and Reggio Calabria. Three law schools means that on average, every month, we graduate new emigrants. Three hundred law graduates means producing 250 emigrants. Perhaps a single faculty was enough and more than enough and perhaps it would be better to build, to found, in the Lamezia Plain, a faculty for Tourism where it could explain to Calabrian tourism entrepreneurs how to do non-predatory tourism. As long as entrepreneurs think that they have to work for two months, July and August, to make a living for twelve months, our tourism is condemned to marginalization.”

Monsignor Savino: Legality must be a cultural movement

The bishop of Cassano Ionio and vice president of the CEI, Monsignor, also participated in the initiative Francesco Savino. “This idea of ​​the Bread of legality is beautiful – said the prelate – I can add the Bread of friendship, of love, of brotherhood, of sharing. Bread is a sign of sharing. So I say with conviction, without ifs or buts , that today we are called to share the bread of legality because if we do not share legality, this becomes just a word in the vocabulary.” “Legality – added Monsignor Savino – is a means, the end of legality is justice . Legality must be a cultural movement that must have the name and surname of each of us. Prosecutor Gratteri tried, with his interventions, to break the relationship between the illegal economy, the mafia and deviant freemasonry. He served Calabria, he didn’t use Calabria. I am happy that he is going to head the largest prosecutor’s office in Italy even if it is sad that he is no longer in Calabria.” «I appeal to the consciences of the Calabrians – Msgr. then said. Savino – please let’s not give up. Surrender is a gift we give to those who want us to be slaves, subjects and not responsible citizens. We must not be fatalistic, we must not say that things cannot change. Things can and must change if we become the people of legality and do not leave people like Gratteri alone. Cursed is the country that needs heroes. I don’t want heroes in Calabria. I want authentic, true, credible, authoritative and responsible citizens.”