Pope Francis met with about 500 young people from the Diocese of Piacenza-Bobbio in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Wednesday afternoon in celebration of the Year of Faith.
Pope Francis agreed to the meeting and admitted that he likes being with young people.
“Do you know why? Why I like being with you? . . . Why I like being with young people? Because you have in your heart a promise of hope; you are bearers of hope. You, in fact, live in the present, but are looking at the future. You are the protagonists of the future, artisans of the future,” the Pope said.
According to him, young people have three desires: beauty, goodness, and truth, which they have to carry forward to the future.
“Make the future with beauty, with goodness and truth. Do you understand? This is the challenge: your challenge . . . you can do it: you have the power to do so. If you do not, it is because of laziness . . . I wanted to tell you: Have courage. Go forward. Make noise.”
Explaining what he meant, he said making noise means going “against this civilization that is doing so much harm. Got that? Go against the tide, and that means making noise. Go ahead. But with the values of beauty, goodness and truth.”
Meanwhile, Diocese of Piacenza-Bobbio Bishop Gianni Ambrosio hoped that the youth would bring out to the world what they got from the meeting.