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A message from the pope in the “biodiversity vault”

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Here is a reflection of Fr. Alain Lorans (FSSPX).

On March 27, 2020, in full containment linked to Covid-19, Pope Francis, alone in the deserted Saint Peter’s Square, battered by winds and rain, delivered a message of peace.

In it he declares: “A dense darkness covers our places, our roads and our cities; they have invaded our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a desolate emptiness, which paralyzes everything in its path: it can be felt in the air, it can be felt in the gestures, the looks say it. We find ourselves scared and lost.

And he took the opportunity to invite, as usual, the “courage to open spaces where everyone can feel called, and allow new forms of welcome and fraternity, as well as solidarity”.

It is this message that was deposited on June 7, 2022 in the “biodiversity vault” by the Lebanese Michael Haddad, a professional athlete who has been 75% paralyzed since the age of six and UN goodwill ambassador for questions environmental.

The Biodiversity Vault is an underground vault built in 2006 on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, intended to store the seeds of all food crops on the planet, and to preserve genetic diversity for future generations.

In an interview with the National Catholic Journalist, Msgr. Lucio Ruiz, prefect of the Dicastery for Communication, revealed that this polar bunker had been presented to him as a perfect symbolic place to collect the pope’s message, which would thus become a permanent “seed of hope”.

Beyond this debatable and discussed Roman communication policy, the deposit of Francis’ teaching in a bunker reveals an all too human mentality.

What secret intentions germinated this idea in the mitred head of Bishop Ruiz? The Biodiversity Vault is a bunker 1,000 km from the North Pole, trapped in ice, in a permanently frozen land called permafrost, where the seeds – and now the pope’s message – are stored at -18°C.

This vault is nicknamed by those who work there, “the vault of the apocalypse” (apocalyptic vault). During its inauguration, the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, called it the “frozen garden of Eden”.

In reality, this arctic paradise is a real bunker with armored doors, surveillance cameras and reinforced concrete walls more than a meter thick.

It is therefore in the event of a major planetary crisis: nuclear threat, epidemic, natural disaster, fall of a meteorite, etc., that Bishop Ruiz – Hibernatus in surplice – had this message of peace deposited in a strong room, like a small “seed of hope” to ensure the possibility of a new springtime for the Church and the world…

But is it really the light brought by Jesus Christ? We know well that the germline truth of the gospel was not given to us to be kept in a safe. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt 6:21).