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Sunday 21 October 2018

Pope urges youth to raise voices at Palm Sunday service

The Pope was speaking after thousands of young people marched to demand greater gun control.

Pope Francis celebrates a Palm Sunday Mass in St Peter’s Square (Andrew Medichini/AP)
Pope Francis celebrates a Palm Sunday Mass in St Peter’s Square (Andrew Medichini/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Pope Francis has urged young people not to be silent and let their voices be heard during Palm Sunday celebrations.

The pope’s message comes on the heels of a meeting of young Catholics who told the Vatican they want a more transparent and authentic church, and a day after tens of thousands of young people marched in the United States with others to demand greater gun control.

Pope Francis said “the temptation to silence young people has always existed”, and cited the many ways to keep them quiet, “to sedate them, to keep them from getting involved, to make their dreams flat and dreary, petty and plaintive”.

But he told youths “you have it in you to shout” even if “we older people and leaders, very often corrupt, keep quiet”.

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