Pope Francis meets with young people from the Italian Catholic Action and asks them to accept their uniqueness as Jesus embraces theirs.
By Francesca Merlo
Addressing the young people of Italian Catholic Action, Pope Francis welcomed all who accompanied them to this meeting, describing each member as “generously engaged in their religious formation, devoting their time and resources to the Association”.
Catholic Action is an association of Catholics committed to upholding and defending Christian values inspired by the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The organization aims to provide clergy and lay people with a network of resources and activities to inspire them to engage actively with others in order to defend these values.
Pope Francis noted that their trip this year is expressed by the slogan “su misura per te”, which means “tailor-made for you” in Italian. “I like this topic,” said the Pope, explaining that it means that each of us is unique. “It is important that each of us wear our ‘outfit’ of originality with joy every day.” He added, “In history there is no one and there will never be someone like you. Each of you is unique and unrepeatable Beauty.”
This is how Jesus sees you
Pope Francis went on to explain that this is exactly “as Jesus sees you”. He “loves you as you are, even if some people ignore you and think you count little”. Jesus came into this world and is still “close to the children of all countries and peoples”, said the Pope. This is God’s style, which the Pope can describe in three words: “closeness, compassion and tenderness”.
Stay close to others
Dear friends, continued the Pope, “in the face of Jesus, who makes himself our neighbor, let us also learn to make ourselves“ next ”; among others: to family members, friends, peers, people in need ”. The Pope stated that we can always do something for others without waiting for others to do something for us. In the same way, the Pope continued, “we can be missionaries of the Gospel anytime, anywhere”. To do this, Pope Francis said that we must “adopt the style of Jesus”. To be his witness, we must be closer to him and not be afraid of it.
Jesus never forgets you
At the end of his speech, Pope Francis said that Jesus never forgets you. “He is always ready to encourage you and never ceases to believe in you,” said the Pope. He always gives you courage and energy and smiles especially at you, “especially when you can be close to those who are alone, without friends, in trouble”. Jesus is counting on you.