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The pope invites young people to follow example of Blessed Millennial Carlo Acutis

During the Angelus, Pope Francis asked young people to take as an example the Italian teenager Carlo Acutis, who was beatified the previous day in Assisi.

His witness indicates to today's young people that true happiness is found by putting God in first place and serving Him in our brothers and sisters, especially the least. A round of applause for the new young Blessed!

The pope also addressed the ceasefire that Armenia and Azerbaijan signed in Moscow, and that hours later was almost breached due to a series of bombings.

Although the truce appears too fragile, I encourage that it be taken up again and I express my participation in sorrow for the loss of human lives, for the suffering endured.

Pope Francis also asked the pilgrims to support a prayer initiative that the Aid to the Church in Need organization will carry out on Sunday, Oct. 18. It is called “One million children praying the rosary.”


I encourage this beautiful event that involves children throughout the world, who will pray especially for critical situations caused by the pandemic.

The pope asked for prayers for his October intention: that “the lay faithful, especially women, participate more in the institutions of responsibility in the Church.”