WATCH: Being 'cool' not enough, pope tells young people in Panama

2019-01-25 19:24
Pope Francis (C) takes part in the welcome ceremony and opening of the 34th World Youth Day at the Campo Santa Maria La Antigua in Panama City on January 24, 2019. (AFP)

Pope Francis (C) takes part in the welcome ceremony and opening of the 34th World Youth Day at the Campo Santa Maria La Antigua in Panama City on January 24, 2019. (AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pope Francis told a global gathering of young Catholics on Thursday that meaningful service was key to attracting a new generation of faithful, rather than trying to make the Church more "fun" or "cool".

The 82-year-old pope received a rock-star welcome by tens of thousands of young people when he arrived for the World Youth Day event at a palm fringed park on the shores of Panama Bay.

Dozens of young pilgrims held up a giant yellow, blue and red banner with the legend "Pray for Venezuela".

After arriving in his Popemobile, two young Panamanians accompanied the pope through a replica of the locks of the Panama Canal.

"We want to tell you not to be afraid," the pope said, urging them instead to go forward with "fresh energy and restlessness".

"To go forward, not to create a parallel Church that would be more 'fun' or 'cool' thanks to a fancy youth event, as if that were all you needed or wanted.

"That way of thinking would not respect either you or everything that the Spirit is saying through you. Not at all!"

Instead, in order to reawaken the Church's "constant freshness and youth" the pope emphasized "service to our brothers and sisters, and concrete service at that".

Francis earlier spoke out in defence of migrants, blasting "fears and suspicions" over migration in an address to Central American bishops, and he returned to the theme again here.

"By your actions and your approach, your way of looking at things," he told the young people, "you discredit and defuse the kind of talk that is intent on sowing division, on excluding or rejecting those who are not 'like us'".

Read more on:    pope francis  |  panama
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.