Pope

See what happens when you listen to the Pope’s speech at the White House backwards.

I have read dozens of analyzes and interpretations of the Pope Francisco speeches in his visit to the US, of all signs, colors, angles and ideologies, but all of them agree on one thing: emotion. This Pope has managed to reach with restraint the hearts of right, center and leftwingers alike.

From my humble point of view I find it striking that the Catholic Number One in the world did not mention Jesus, the Church or even a quote from the Gospels in his speech at the White House. I attribute this to his will to offer an universal and broad message.

All very nice and sweet, but at a time when Russia is bombing over Syria, China is coming together with military forces, Israel made compatible positions with Russia, the US “let them do” with cunning and caution, the silence from Europe, and when the fate of the West is on the table, not a word about it has been said.

In the search for a hidden answer, I tried in the best Beatles’ tradition, to play backwards the recorded speech.

Listen to it with your own ears.
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A language unknown to me? A message to the aliens from outer space?

What I’ve found is … nothing. In other words, the perfect plan.

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God or Woman? Which side are you on?

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In 2005 the life of a woman known as Terri Schiavo came to an end after having spent 15 years in a vegetative state, giving rise to a heated debate of public opinion regarding the right to life, euthanasia, and other human rights.At the same time, in the Vatican, Pope Juan Pablo II was submitted to an endless series of medical treatments in order to prolong his life.

These two stories are joined and confronted in the play “Terri and the Pope”., two stories that pervaded the media at that time:in the U.S., the life of a woman was the subject of global debate.After spending all those long years in the hospital in a vegetative state, the right to life and other related topics were debated in the face of the decision to unplug her or not from the devices that kept her alive.At the same time in the Vatican, Pope John Paul II had reached old age and was submitted to medical treatments to prolong his life further..In the dramatic fiction presented in this play by Pablo Perel, both characters meet in one place: an intensive care unit in a hospital, one hour after their deaths.The actions and dialogues that take place between them give flesh and soul to current social debates regarding human rights as elementary as that of deciding on one’s own life.

This play invites the return of the theater to its original historical role: to bring people to the theater steps to watch and discuss the actual problems and circumstances affecting their collective lives.

Since it is a play that requires only two main characters and a sole setting, it is perfect for both drama and comedy students, small theater companies, schools, unions and universities and for the commercial theater circuit

Click on the photos and you can access the text of the play in kindle format or paperback.