Vatican City, 19 April, 2022 / 12:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis urged 80,000 teenagers gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Monday to turn to the Blessed Virgin Mary to find the courage to say yes to God’s will.
“May Our Lady, the mother who was almost your age when she received the angel's message and became pregnant, may she teach you to say, ‘Here I am,’ and to not be afraid. Take courage and go forth,” the pope told the teens on pilgrimage on April 18.
From the popemobile, Pope Francis greeted the crowd of young people aged 12-17, who came from across Italy for the pilgrimage on Easter Monday evening.
The youth pilgrimage was organized by the Italian bishops’ conference in an effort to reach out to young people whose education and lives were upended during the past two years of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his message, Pope Francis told the teens not to be afraid to reach out to others for help when experiencing discouragement or anxiety, saying “crises must be brought to light to overcome them.”