Father Peter Pomposello, a Catholic priest and U.S. Army chaplain, headlined a youth rally Saturday on St. Clements Island, Maryland.
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‘Along the way, in all the villages we passed through, there were people who were full of joy to see young people. I think we were the hope, somehow, for all the people who were seeing us and a hope for the country,’ recalls Bishop Christian Carlassare of the nine-day pilgrimage to meet Pope Francis.
The Holy Father spoke at an international conference on the economy in Assisi, Italy, Sept. 24.
Pope Francis has released his message ahead of the international event next year, imploring young people across the globe to join him in Lisbon, Portugal. Mary is the model who shows how to bring Christ to the world, he reminded youth.
‘Entrust yourselves to the Stella Maris, a sign of hope on the rough seas, who guides us towards the harbor of peace,’ the Holy Father told young people.
‘When we embrace Jesus, joy is reborn. And the joy of Jesus, in pain, is transformed into peace,’ the Holy Father assured youth.
‘They are the sign of hope for us in this catastrophe,’ said Father Toufic Bou-Hadir, director of the Maronite Patriarchal Commission for Youth.
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Christus Vivit reflects the Holy Father’s takeaways from the October youth synod.