The Pope Just Asked Young People To Keep Shouting

"Dear young people, you have it in you to shout."

With Easter on the horizon, Pope Francis addressed those of the Catholic faith during his Palm Sunday Mass on March 25. This year's mass, however, included a message from the pope that might have been inspired by the previous day's March for Our Lives protest that was staged in Washington, D.C.

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Tens of thousands attended the service at Vatican City's St. Peter's Square, with many young people — including survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — participating as part of the Catholic Church's World Day Of Youth. During his address, Pope Francis included a message of encouragement to the world's youth. 

"There are many ways to silence young people and make them invisible," he said to the crowd, according to Reuters. "Many ways to anesthetize them, to make them keep quiet, ask nothing, question nothing. There are many ways to sedate them, to keep them from getting involved, to make their dreams flat and dreary, petty and plaintive."

He then urged them to be like those who welcomed Jesus with palms and not those who called for his crucifixion. "Dear young people, you have it in you to shout," he said.

The pope continued his message in the address, saying, "It is up to you not to keep quiet. Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders, some corrupt, keep quiet, if the whole world keeps quiet and loses its joy, I ask you: Will you cry out?"

In response, a resounding "yes" was heard from the young people in attendance.

Some interpreted the pope's comments as a direct response to the March for Our Lives demonstration, though Pope Francis was careful not to mention the protest directly. Still, his words align with his more progressive approach to the papacy.

Cover image via Boris Stroujko / Shutterstock.com.

(H/T: HuffPost)

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