Dear Young People: Pope’s Message to the Youth

Youth all over the world, hear the Santo Papa’s rousing call! We compile his entreaties, advice, and challenges for you to heed and accept. Remember, Pope Francis is counting on you!

 

“Please, don’t be observers of life, but get involved.”

Pope Francis said these words in the 27th of July 2013, during a Youth Prayer Vigil at Rio. He encouraged the youth to not just be mere observers, but to also immerse in the reality of life. Young people, getting yourselves involved and meeting different types of people can go a long way. There is so much life can offer, and you have the power to bring out its full potential.

 

“Do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things!”

On the 26th of April 2013, Pope Francis tweeted these words to make himself heard among the youth. Young people, believe that you are destined to do great things! Nurture your talent. Share it and use it to influence and empower others.

 

“You have it in you to shout.”

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday this year used his homily to urge the youth to not stay silent and let their voices be heard (even in the face of corrupt or silent elders). He said that even though there are many ways to silence young people, make them invisible, make them ask nothing, and keep them from questioning things, young people still have it in them to shout and make a statement.

 

“Go. Do not be afraid. Serve.”

On July 28, 2013 during the World Youth Day celebration, Pope Francis said these “three usual points” in his homily. Young people, do not be afraid to serve the church and most especially, the people. Help build a better world by veering away from selfishness, intolerance, and hatred.

 

 

The Pope believes in you, kid!

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This article originally appeared in the June 2018 issue of My Pope Philippines magazine. Edited for web by Aizel Dolom.
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