ROME, Italy — Pope Francis called on young people to be “transgressive”Instead of following the crowd, Sunday is better.
Today, “we need young people who are truly ‘transgressives,’ non-conformists, who are not slaves to their mobile phones, but who change the world,”The pontiff informed those present at Asti cathedral about his weekly Angelus message.
Transgressives will make them a problem. “like Mary, bearing Jesus to others, taking care of others, building fraternal communities with others, making dreams of peace come true!”The pope was also added.
Mary the Virgin went “in haste”The pope was able to see Elizabeth, her elderly cousin when she discovered she was pregnant.
This is what today’s young need to do, he proposed, to “arise and go — not stay still thinking about ourselves, wasting our lives and chasing after comforts or the latest fads, but to aim for the heights, get on the move, leaving behind our own fears to reach out to those in need.”
Francis used provocative language with young people, urging them to go to Rio de Janeiro. “make a mess”His message has been repeated many times in his ministry to the Church as well as in our society.
“I want to tell you something. What is it that I expect as a consequence of World Youth Day? I want a mess,”He said it in 2013.
“We knew that in Rio there would be great disorder, but I want trouble in the dioceses!”He said. “I want to see the Church get closer to the people. I want to get rid of clericalism, the mundane, this closing ourselves off within ourselves, in our parishes, schools or structures. Because these need to get out!”
The pope spent his weekend in Asti (a northern Italian city), which was also ancestral home to his family. There, he received honorary citizenship from the mayor.
Another unusual phrase was used by him, in which he claimed that the entire world is going through a crisis. “a famine of peace.”
“Let’s think of how many places in the world are scourged by war, in particular of war-torn Ukraine. Let’s roll up our sleeves and continue to pray for peace!”He said.
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