Pope Francis said this Sunday in the city of Asti, Italy, that young people are needed to change the world and who are not conformists and slaves to cell phones.
Francisco was speaking after the Mass and the Angelus prayer that he celebrated in the city of Asti, in Piedmont (northwestern Italy), home of his father and grandparents, who emigrated to Argentina.
In the message, the Pope recalled World Youth Day (WYD) which is celebrated today in local churches with the theme “Mary arose and left in haste”, the same as WYD Lisbon, scheduled for August 2023.
The Pope invited young people not to stop thinking about themselves, wasting their lives in pursuit of comforts and the latest fashions, but to “get out of their own fears to reach out to those in need”.
“AND today there is a need for truly transgressive young people, non-conformists, who are not slaves to cell phones, but who change the world like Mary, bringing Jesus to others, caring for others, building fraternal communities with others, realizing dreams of peace”, added the pontiff.
At the end of this celebration, Francis thanked “the enthusiastic welcome” he received in the land of his ancestors and concluded with a few phrases in the Piedmontese dialect, which he says he knows, because that was how his grandparents spoke to him.
🇧🇷My father left these lands to emigrate to Argentina🇧🇷 And in these lands, valuable for their good agricultural products and above all for the authentic work of the people, I come to rediscover the flavor of the roots”, he recalled during the mass in the cathedral of Asti.
Francisco traveled on Saturday to the small town of Portacomaro, to visit his cousins and have lunch at the house of cousin Carla Ravezzana, who has just turned 90. Giorgio, as she calls him, is the son of Mario Bergoglio, his mother’s first cousin, Inês.
Before lunch, the pontiff wanted to stop at the church of Portacomaro, which his family used to attend and, at the end of the meal, he visited the nursing home which is right opposite his cousin’s house and entertained himself in conversation with some of residents.
The Pope also visited Tigliole, another small town in the Asti area, where one of his close cousins, Delia Gai, lives.