One day after millions of students and families marched in cities across the country to protest gun violence and call for change, Pope Francis urged young people to keep on shouting and to not let older people silence them.
“The temptation to silence young people has always existed,” the pope said during a Palm Sunday service in St. Peter’s Square.
He said there are many ways people will try and silence young people and “make them invisible.”
“Many ways to anesthetize them, to make them keep quiet, ask nothing, question nothing. There are many ways to sedate them, to keep them from getting involved, to make their dreams flat and dreary, petty and plaintive,” he said.
“Dear young people, you have it in you to shout,” he continued.
“It is up to you not to keep quiet. Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders, some corrupt, keep quiet, if the whole world keeps quiet and loses its joy, I ask you: Will you cry out?”