A “joyous and lively” testimony. This is how Pope Francis has described the presence of thousands of young people who gathered in St. Peter’s Square on the occasion of the Jubilee of oyoung Boys and Girls. “At the end of this Jubilee celebration, I think of you in the first placde, dear boys and girls – Francis said -. You have come here from Italy and from all over the world to experience moments of faith and fraternal conviviality. Thank you for your joyful and lively testimony. Go ahead with courage!”
Moreover, the Pope has spared a thought for all the “brother bishops, priests, and religious people, both Catholic and Orthodox, who have been held captives in Syria for a long time”. Bergolgio has prayed God to touch the hearts of their kidnappers, so as to allow “our brothers and sisters to be set free and return to their communities as soon as possible. This is why I invite all of you to pray, without forgetting about all the other people who were kidnapped around the world”.
Before concluding Regina Coeli, Francis has reminded that on Saturday in Burgos (Spain), were beatified five martyrs who had been killed because of their faith during the Spanish Civil War. “Let us praise the Lord for these brave witnesses and beseech through their intercession to free the world from all violence.”
“Dear young people, you have celebrated the Jubilee: Now go back home with the joy of your Christian identity – Francis concluded -. Standing, holding your heads high, and your identity card in your hands and in your hearts! May the Lord accompany you. And, please, pray for me. Thank you”.