Pope Sends Video Message to Argentina Youth Day
April 28, 2014
Pope Francis has urged Argentina’s young people to “be the Church” and to trust in God’s mercy. He posed this question in a video message that was broadcasted in Buenos Aires for National Youth Day on Saturday.
Like he did during his Palm Sunday address, Francis again asked his audience which biblical characters they represented. “Who are you?” – The Argentinean Pontiff asked the young men and women gathered at the planetarium in the capital’s Palermo district. He gave three options.
Asking them if they resemble the Apostles, he questioned if they similarly were enthusiastic fans of Jesus, initially, but then were too attached to worldly things to truly follow him. Second, he asked if they were like the prodigal son, who – after having wasted his father’s inheritance – came back to feel his father’s embrace of mercy.
Last, he asked, “[Are you] dead like the widow’s son?"“If you are dead” said the Pope, “know that Mother Church is crying for you” like the widow and that “Jesus Christ can bring you back to life."He stressed God’s mercy and trusting in God’s forgiveness repeatedly, giving examples: “The Apostles faltered, Peter denied him, Judas betrayed him.” Francis noted that it is in these moments “in the midst of our sin” that we “can truly encounter the Lord.”
Speaking to the young women present, Francis said: "You are on the path of those women who followed Jesus, through thick and thin.” He said women “have this great treasure to give life, to be able to give tenderness, peace and joy” that men “don’t have.” “You are women of the Church. The Church is female, it is like Mary.” He concluded, “This is your place. Being the Church, forming the Church, being with Jesus, with tenderness, to accompany the Church and help it grow.”
Other international News
Pope Francis Meets Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil
The encounter took place at the Pope’s Santa Marta residence, after which the missionary pr...
Sept. 13, 2017
We Regret to Announce the Sad Demise of His Eminence, Ivan Cardinal Dias
We Regret to Announce the Sad Demise of His Eminence, Ivan Cardinal Dias, Prefect Emeritus o...
June 19, 2017
OSWALD CARDINAL GRACIAS, ARCHBISHOP OF BOMBAY APPOINTED TO ROMAN ROTA
“The Holy Father has granted the title of Lawyer of the Roman Rota to Cardinal Oswald Graci...
Feb. 21, 2017
New Apostolic Nuncio for India and Nepal
His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed His Excellency most reverend GIAMBATTISTA DIQUATTRO as th...
Jan. 22, 2017
All invited for Cardinal Fernandez’s celebration
A thanksgiving Mass, to celebrate the elevation of His Eminence Cardinal Anthony Soter Fernandez,...
Dec. 20, 2016