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Pope Francis' best messages to the youth

2016-07-25

POPE FRANCIS
"I hope there will be noise. Here there will be noise, I’m quite sure. Here in Rio there will be plenty of noise, no doubt about that. But I want you to make yourselves heard in your dioceses, I want the noise to go out, I want the Church to go out onto the streets.”

There is a special connection between Pope Francis and the youth. Since his first meeting with them in Brazil, it was clear that the Argentine Pope inspires a special energy in young people.

POPE FRANCIS
"Jesus offers us something bigger than the World Cup. Something bigger than the World Cup."

The secret of that connection is difficult to explain, but it could be because Pope Francis encourages them to be brave in life.

POPE FRANCIS
"Take a risk. He who does not dare, does not walk."

He challenged them to be courageous and not flee in the face of difficulties, even in war-torn countries like the Central African Republic.

POPE FRANCIS
"Fleeing the challenges of life is never a solution. It is necessary to have the courage to resist.”

Or perhaps the secret of the connection is that he always leads by example. On his trip to the Central African Republic he showed the young people how to be daring and bold. He had been strongly discouraged by the French government to follow through with the trip, due to the real danger of an attack, but continued anyway.

However, it should also be noted that one characteristic that attracts the youth to Pope Francis is that he always voices his opinion, as he demonstrated in Morelia, Mexico, an area notorious for drug trafficking.

POPE FRANCIS
"It's a lie that the only way of living or being young is by leaving life in the hands of drug traffickers or those that all they are doing is sowing destruction and death. It's a boldface lie.”

Pope Francis instills a new spirit in the youth, but also demands more of them. When presented with the plight of street children in the Philippines, he invited them to reflect on what produces pain: if it's the effects of so many human beings who are abandoned or simply living by personal, selfish whims.

POPE FRANCIS
"I invite each one of you to ask yourselves: 'Have I learned how to weep, how to cry? Have I learned how to weep for somebody who is left aside? Have I learned to weep for someone who has a drug problem?  Have I learned how to weep for someone who has suffered abuse?”

This example, including his many other similar messages and gestures, prove that it will be difficult for the Pope to disappoint the hundreds of thousands of young people who will participate in the next World Youth Day.

POPE FRANCIS
"I have confidence in you and I pray for you.  Have the courage to ‘swim against the tide."


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