The Reading / Listening - Level 5

Pope Francis had a damning message for European leaders when he addressed them in the European Parliament. He attacked Europe's 'throwaway culture'. He said the elderly, the seriously ill and unborn children are ignored. He said technology and economics are now more important than people. He said men and women were just "cogs in a machine that treats them as items of consumption". He added that: "Whenever a human life no longer proves useful for that machine, it is discarded." He called it the "consequence of a throwaway culture, and an uncontrolled consumerism".



The Pope criticised Europe's politicians and systems. He said Europe's dynamic, caring and artistic cultures were disappearing because of bureaucracy. He said great ideas were being replaced by "the bureaucratic technicalities of its institutions" which were "downright harmful" to people. The Pope warned that Europe risked losing its sense of community. He said: "One of the most common diseases in Europe today is the loneliness typical of those who have no connection with others. This is especially true of the elderly, who are often abandoned to their fate, and also in the young."

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Sources
  • http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/pope-denounces-throwaway-culture-of-europe-299590.html
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/the-pope/11252345/Pope-Francis-warns-European-ideal-replaced-by-bureaucratic-technicalities-of-EU.html
  • http://www.catholicsun.org/2014/11/25/pope-urges-europe-to-nurture-religious-roots-sow-peace-in-its-borders/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

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a damning message

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in a machine

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when he addressed

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throwaway culture

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unborn children

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them

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technology and economics are

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consumerism

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cogs

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are ignored

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Whenever a human life no longer

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for European leaders

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the consequence of a

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now more important

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uncontrolled

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proves useful



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

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The Pope criticised

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of community

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caring and artistic

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of the elderly

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disappearing because

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Europe's politicians

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harmful

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common diseases

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Europe risked losing its sense

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cultures

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One of the most

f.

with others

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those who have no connection

g.

of bureaucracy

8.

This is especially true

h.

to people

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Pope Francis had (1) ___________________ for European leaders when he addressed them in the European Parliament. He attacked Europe's 'throwaway culture'. He said the elderly, (2) ___________________ and unborn (3) ___________________. He said technology and economics are now more important than people. He said men and women were just "cogs in a machine (4) ___________________ items of consumption". He added that: "Whenever a human (5) ___________________ useful for that machine, it is discarded." He called it the "consequence of a throwaway culture, and an (6) ___________________".

The Pope criticised Europe's (7) ___________________. He said Europe's dynamic, (8) ___________________ cultures were disappearing because of bureaucracy. He said great ideas were being replaced by "the bureaucratic technicalities of its institutions" which were "(9) ___________________" to people. The Pope warned that Europe (10) ___________________ sense of community. He said: "One of the most (11) ___________________ Europe today is the loneliness typical of those who have no connection with others. This is especially true of the elderly, who (12) ___________________ to their fate, and also in the young."





EUROPE SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about Europe in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

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WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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FREE WRITING

Write about Europe for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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