“To Roberta Metsola with the hope that she can keep her commitment to raise the dignity of the weakest and most vulnerable in Europe”.
This is the thought written on the plaque which was given to the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola this morning.
As a student of the Jesuit school “S. Aloysius College” of Malta, the President wanted to meet the students of the Jesuits’ Gonzaga Campus.
The President was welcomed by the students, the General Director Fr. Vitangelo Denora SJ, the Vice Director Maria Elena Poderati, the board of directors and a delegation of alumni.
During the meeting, President Metsola recalled her years of study with the Jesuits, mentioning the values she acquired and her interest in politics.
“I am in Sicily to give a message to young people – said the President. At school I learned the values of community and tolerance respecting the cultural diversity. The commitment is to try to represent the main requests that come from the world of young people”.
“Change can be the result of our participation – said Metsola. My invitation is, therefore, to be active protagonists, engaged in the life of your territory. One day you will be able to run for a cause in which you believe. There is nothing more beautiful than being able to commit yourself personally to realize the change you believe in.
I’m not telling you that you are the future. You are the present and you can make a difference; but to make a difference you must study and also be part of the decisions that concern you. We need more young people who believe and are committed to this. I count on you!”
In response to a question from a student, the President also spoke about the challenges that need to be addressed from a European perspective.
“The main challenges are those that mainly concern the protection of our environment from the climate change, the protection and security policy regarding immigration, the increase in a digital policy to be connected.
Although Europe is not going through an easy historical period, the values of freedom and democracy must always triumph. Don’t lose hope because a world of peace is possible.”