Young people must resist “seeking thrills or sensations of life by following dark paths,” Pope Francis told pilgrims in Poland on Thursday.
Speaking at Krakow’s Blonie Park as part of World Youth Day, a Catholic festival, Francis said he was hurt when he met “young people who seem to have opted for an‘ early retirement ’,” the Guardian said. reported.
The 79-year-old pontiff criticized those “who were defeated before they even started playing, who walk gloomily as if life has no meaning. Deep down, such young people are sad – and sad! “
Franciszek also called for an urgent issue for displaced people in Poland, where the right-wing government skepticism about the European Union’s attempts to collectively deal with the refugee crisis on the continent.
“A merciful heart can be a place of refuge for those who are homeless or have lost their homes,” the Pope said. “A merciful heart can share its bread with the hungry and welcome refugees and migrants.”
The weekly gathering, which attracts hundreds of thousands of Catholics from around the world, is held under heightened security, with a heightened presence of the military and police in a city in southern Poland.
A Vatican spokesman said that Polish churches estimated the crowd on Thursday at more than 500,000 young people, reports AP reported.
According to The Irish Times more than a million people will attend the last open-air Mass with Pope Francis on Sunday.