Every Wednesday, hundreds of parents take their children to St. Peter's Square to receive a blessing from the Pope. Many of them have fun, but others not so much.
And it seems that the Pope knows this well.
"Some, when I try to give them a kiss, smile. Others, they see me in white, and they think I'm a doctor and I'll give them a vaccine. They cry spontaneously. Children are like this."
Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis precisely to children. He focused on what adults can learn from little ones.
"Children are themselves a treasure for humanity and for the Church, because they constantly remind us of the condition needed to enter the Kingdom of God: not consider ourselves but to instead those in need of help, love, and forgiveness. And we all need support, love and forgiveness."
Beyond the simplicity of asking for help and allowing themselves to be helped, the Pope said that children also teach us to laugh and mourn, because sometimes we are unable to as we get older.
He also said that despite being "a great gift to humanity," they are also "a majorly excluded group, because sometimes they are not even allowed to be born."
"Children bring joy, hope and also problems. But that's life. Certainly, they also bring worry, and sometimes problems. But a society is better with these concerns and problems and is sad and grey without children."
The Pope will continue discussing children next week. He will talk about the wounds that can hurt children in their youth.