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Pope Francis calls on youth to be witnesses of hope, generosity

Pope Francis, assisted by Italian priest Guido Marini, celebrates Palm Sunday Mass behind closed doors at the Chair of St. Peter in St. Peter's Basilica Mass on April 5. (photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)

Pope Francis has urged young Catholics to be witnesses to hope, generosity, and solidarity, which the pontiff said, all are “in need in this difficult moment.”

The Holy Father addressed young people around the world who were celebrating World Youth Day in the diocesan level during the Angelus prayer on April 5.

He cited the scheduled handover of the Pilgrim Cross from young people of Panama to those of Lisbon that was to have taken place.

“This very significative gesture has been postponed to Christ the King Sunday, this coming 22 November,” said Pope Francis.

“While waiting for that moment, I urge you young people to cultivate and witness to the hope, to the generosity, the solidarity of which we are all in need in this difficult moment,” he said.

The pope also took the occasion to greet the faithful who joined the Palm Sunday celebration “through the means of social communication.”

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