From St. John Paul to Francis: Message to Youth
The Philippines is the country with more Catholics than any other across Asia, eighty-two million for the record. No wonder Pope Francis has chosen to meet with young people, the future of the country, in the nation’s capital Manila on Sunday 18th of January. He’s scheduled to do so at the stadium of the Pontifical and Royal University of Saint Thomas there, during a dedicated moment in which he will address the new generations together with their parents.
The last time a pope was here it was 1995 and young people were at the heart of this journey in terms of numbers as the event set a world record for the largest number of people gathered for a single religious celebration with five million people present. The pope you’ll have guessed was Saint John Paul II and the occasion was the 10th World Youth Day.
Speaking to young people the Polish Pontiff used a beautiful image of continuity to inspire the millions of young people gathered around him for the occasion.