Pope Francis on Sunday called on the youth to help renew society and build a better world by working selflessly and honestly.
In his encounter with thousands of youth at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Holy Father extolled young Filipinos and urged them to build a better society.
Amid thunderous applause, the pontiff started the program by sharing a bad news—the death of a young volunteer who was crushed by a falling scaffolding shortly after the Pope’s Mass in Tacloban City, Leyte, on Saturday. He urged the crowd to offer a moment of silent prayer for the victim, Cristel Padasas.
The Pope then called on the youth “to think well, feel well and do well.” “I want to express the love and the hope of the church for you. Offer yourselves to the great works of renewing your society, hoping to build a better world,” Francis said.
He also reminded young people to show compassion to the poor. “Do you think for the poor? Do you live for the poor? Do you ask the poor to give you the wisdom that they might have?” the pontiff said. ”Do you do something for the poor?” the Pope added.
The Holy Father said the young people must learn the language of thinking, feeling and doing well.
The Pope, whose visit in the Philippines revolved on the theme mercy and compassion, told his audience that they should learn how to cry with the poor and suffering people.
He said superficial compassion, which resulted in just giving alms, shown by many in the world, was not enough.
“If Christ had that kind of compassion, he would have just walked by, greeted three people, given them something and moved on,” Francis noted.
The pontiff called on the young people to show tangible, genuine concern for the poor and marginalized.
“(There are) certain realities in life, we only see through eyes that are cleansed with our tears,” he said.
“Let us learn how to weep. Jesus cried for his friend, when a family lost a child, when he saw the poor widow burying her son, he was moved to tears when he saw a crowd,” the Pope added.
“If you don’t learn how to cry, your are not a good Christian. This is a challenge,” the pontiff said.