to young and old:
Do not let yourself be marginalized
Media RIO DE JANEIRO—Pope Francis on Thursday met with young people from Argentina gathered in Rio's Cathedral to greet him.
unscheduled late morning event saw the Pope speaking off the cuff in
his native Spanish after the welcoming words of the President of the
Argentinian Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop José Maria Arancedo.
words of thanks to the Argentinian youth for their presence, both
inside the Cathedral and outside where he noted some 30,000 young people
were standing in the rain, the Pope revealed that following a special
personal request, the organizer of the Papal trip had managed to set up
To a cheering congregation, many of whom were dressed
in the blue and white colours of Argentina, Pope Francis said: "I would
like to tell you what my expectations are regarding this World Youth
Day. I would like us to make noise, I would like
those inside the Dioceses to go out into the open; I want the Church to
be in the streets; I want us to defend ourselves against all that is
worldliness, comfort, being closed and turned within – Parishes,
colleges and institutions must get out otherwise they risk becoming
NGOs, and the Church is not a Non-Governmental Organization".
Pope Francis also spoke with concern about this moment of history in which
material wealth is worshiped and in which a philosophy which excludes
the young and the old risks perpetrating what he called a kind of hidden
The young, he said, who do not have the experience
and the dignity of work, and the aged who are not allowed to speak, are
In addition, Pope Francis invited young people to go
out and to fight for these values: he urged the aged to speak out, to
pass on history and memory, and said that young people must not be
against the elderly: "they must listen to them".
Young people and
old people in this moment of history – the Pope continued - are
condemned to the same destiny: exclusion. "Don't let yourselves be