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What is the meaning of the Walk of Shame extended for the Pope’s visit in Portugal?


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Portugal news - What is the meaning of the Walk of Shame extended for the Pope’s visit in Portugal by artist Bordalo II? The upcoming Portugal visit by the Pope for World Youth Day on August 1-6 2023 is drawing a lot of controversy and many young people are considering it shameful.


Portuguese artist Bordalo II is drawing considerable media attention by extending a Walk of Shame carpet up to the altar stage where the Pope is expected to address around one and a half million young people. The Walk of Shame carpet has been named “Habemus pasta” translated “We have pasta” and that means “We have Sex” according to Urban Dictionary. The expression is a codeword that is commonly used by young TikTokers.


The overt meaning of the “We Have Pasta” Walk of Shame is to protest against the extravagant amount of money spent to sponsor the Italian multinational during the Pope's visit, that is costing the Portuguese Government around EUR 160 million according to Lusa. However, the covert meaning of “We Have Pasta” that is understood by all the youth that are expecting the Pope’s visit is “We have Sex” and the Walk of Shame extended for the Pope is to protest against the shame of the massive Portuguese Church sex abuse scandal.


Pope Francis is coming to Portugal to try to appease its youth during troubled times when a large number of young people are scandalized by the harrowing accounts of sexual abuse against young victims mostly aged between 10 to 14. The Portuguese Church, that has tried to cover up the numbers by stating that it was just a handful of cases, will now have to face the reckoning of Portugal’s youth since findings have shown that there were nearly 5,000 victims.


In the wake of the child sex abuse crisis within the Portuguese Catholic Church, the Walk of Shame extended for the Pope’s visit, with its 500 Euro notes also symbolizes the reparations that are due to the victims and that have still not been forthcoming. To make matters worse, it has been alleged that the Portuguese Church has only suspended 4 out of around 24 priests named in the official report as sex offenders and that the accused priests are still in ministry.


The Pope is expected to address the country’s youth on August the 2nd and artist Bordalo II is giving a voice to the young people who are expressing their discontent by extending a Walk of Shame for the Pope to symbolically ascend before addressing the multitude.















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