Basilica of Saint Peter
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Dear brothers and sisters,
Before concluding this celebration, I wish to greet those who took part in it through the means of social communication. In particular, my thoughts go to young people from all over the world, who live in a new way, at the diocesan level, today's World Youth Day. Today the passage of the Cross was expected from the young people of Panama to those of Lisbon. This suggestive gesture is postponed to Sunday of Christ the King, next November 22nd. In anticipation of that moment, I urge you young people to cultivate and witness the hope, generosity, solidarity that we all need in this difficult time.
Watch the Special Blessing of Pope Francis for Palm Sunday after the Angelus Prayer:
Tomorrow, April 6, the World Sports Day for Peace and Development, called by the United Nations, will occur. In this period, many events are suspended, but the best fruits of sport come out: endurance, team spirit, brotherhood, giving the best of yourself ... So, let's relaunch the sport for peace and development.
Dear friends, let us walk with faith in Holy Week, in which Jesus suffers, dies and rises. People and families who cannot participate in liturgical celebrations are invited to gather in prayer at home, also helped by technological means. Let us cling spiritually to the sick, to their families and to those who treat them with such self-sacrifice; let us pray for the dead, in the light of the paschal faith. Everyone is present in our heart, in our memory, in our prayer.
From Mary we learn the inner silence, the gaze of the heart, the loving faith to follow Jesus on the way of the cross, which leads to the glory of the Resurrection. You walk with us and support our hope.
Full Text Source: Vatican.va Unofficial Translation -