Follow usTwitterFacebook


31 Dec 2015 Q&A Comments (2)

Was I wrong to take the host back to my pew?

Full Question I sit in the first row at Mass because I am hearing-impaired. When visiting a church recently, the usher gestured for me to go up for Communi…

Read more

31 Aug 2016 Uncategorized No comments

Baghdad patriarch urges international community to do more to stop ISIS

Patriarch Sako said Christians are waiting for governments and religious authorities to work together to 'confront and dismantle terrorism' A Patriarch of the …

Read more

23 Oct 2014 USA Comments (1)

We're 'just touching the surface' of St John Paul II's teachings

Washington D.C., Oct 23, 2014 / 05:02 pm .- St. John Paul II's life and teachings offer a witness to love that is so profound it is only beginning to be be mine…

Read more

08 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (5)

Does the Sunday observance begin on Saturday evening, in imitation of the Jewish sabbath?

Full Question In ancient Judaism the sabbath was from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. If Sunday is the Christian sabbath, should we celebrate it …

Read more

10 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

Church’s mission is not political, says Coptic pope

As Egypt prepares for parliamentary elections, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, to which most of the nation’s Christians belong, emphasized that the “Cop…

Read more

27 Jan 2015 Articles Comments (2)

Catholics! Keep Your Trees Up!

New Year’s Day promises two certainties: college football bowl games and Christmas trees on the curb. To Catholics, of course, January 1 is the Solemnity …

Read more

17 Sep 2014 Vatican No comments

Pope Asks for Prayers for Upcoming Trip to Albania

At the end of today's general audience, Pope Francis greeted those present in various languages. In his greetings in Arabic, he addressed the faithful of the Ho…

Read more

08 Apr 2015 Q&A Comments (1)

Why was it necessary for Jesus to have been born of a woman?

Full Question Why was it necessary for Jesus to have been born of a woman? Answer Vatican II responds: The Father of mercies willed that the Inc…

Read more

16 Sep 2014 Vatican No comments

2015 World Meeting of Families Will Help Synod on the Family

The 8th World Day of Families, to be held in Philadelphia from September 22-27, 2015, was presented today in the Holy See Press Office. The theme of the event w…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

At the end of World Youth Day, Pope urges young to be ‘hope of the future’

The Pope met volunteers and organisers before boarding a flight back to Rome

Pope Francis thanked World Youth Day organisers and volunteers and urged them to be “the hope of the future.”

“I had a speech of five pages — but it’s boring,” Pope Francis said in Spanish, setting aside his prepared remarks.

“Do you want to be the hope for the future? Well, there’s no need to pay an entry fee — you just have to meet some conditions. The first is to preserve your memory: of your people, your family and where you come from, the memory of your journey and what you received from those closest to you. A young person without a memory isn’t a hope for the future.”

He thanked more than 15,000 organisers and volunteers gathered at Tauron Arena for their “hours of prayer.” He also thanked the estimated 50,000 priests and religious order members who had accompanied pilgrims from around the world to the festival.

“How do we have a memory? It’s by talking to our parents and elders, and especially with our grandparents. If we want to be the hope of the future, we have to receive the torch from our grandfathers and their grandfathers,” Pope Francis said.

“But the second condition for the future of hope, aside from memory of the past, is to have courage — to be courageous, not fearful.”

The Pope also prayed briefly before an image of Our Lady of Calvary, an image closely associated with St John Paul II.

He also heard testimonies from four volunteers, including Michal Ciesla, whose brother, Maciej, a graphic artist, died of cancer on July 2 after volunteering to help at the festival, and Cristian Gregorio Ruiz Luque, a volunteer from Panama. Earlier, Pope Francis announced Panama as the venue for World Youth Day in 2019.

Ruiz told Pope Francis he believed the experience of volunteering was a way of “growing in holiness through a witness of mercy,” adding that he had also tried to follow the Pope’s call to “make a stir.”

Pope Francis praised Maciej Ciesla for having “sowed hope” by having “the courage to continue fighting even in the worst conditions.”

“Preparing a World Youth Day is an adventure — people laugh, work, do things and are then dismissed, but the adventure is one of generosity,” the Pope told organizers and volunteers.

“I do not know if I will be in Panama — but Peter will be in Panama, and he will ask you if you kept your memory, your courage and your hope.”

The Pope, who asked young participants to pray for him, left Krakow’s John Paul II International Airport aboard a LOT Polish Airlines 787 Dreamliner, without making a departure speech.

A military band at the airport, which was soaked with streams and puddles after a heavy afternoon rain, played Frank Sinatra’s My Way and We Are the Champions by British pop group Queen.

Poland’s Catholic information agency, KAI, said the bad weather delayed the pontiff’s departure by “at least an hour” and disrupted the planned airport ceremony.


Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories