Pilgrimage to Rome to renew the faith and 'recharge batteries'
This large group of people wearing yellow t-shirts did not go unnoticed during Pope Francis' General Audience. They are a Youth Ministry from the Archdiocese of Lucca, located in Tuscany. For a decade they have been attending one General Audience in St. Peter's Square to renew their faith. On this occasion they were accompanied by their new bishop, Paolo Giulietti.
MSGR. PAOLO GIULIETTI
Archbishop of Lucca (Italy)
“Young people want to feel part of a Church that attracts them. I think this Church helps young people who want to experience this; and in doing so Christianity is transmitted through this attraction.”
Every year, before beginning the new school year, they go to Rome on a Tuesday. While in the Eternal City they profess their faith in St. Peter's Square at night. In the morning they attend the General Audience, go to Mass and afterward return to Lucca.
During these few days the students are able to share their faith with one another. They describe it as an opportunity for enrichment.
“ It was very exciting for me. I had come before, when I was much younger. However, at that time, I didn't understand what it meant to be so close to the pope.”
“I was able to greet the pope as he was very close. I shook his hand and looked him in the eye. He then went on to greet my friends. It was so touching”.
During their pilgrimage, they express their joy in seeing the pope by performing songs. They describe the brief experience as a great opportunity to return to school with the 'batteries recharged.'