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Pope Francis to young people: "It is up to you not to keep quiet"

Pope Francis arrives in procession at St. Peter's Square during the Palm Sunday Mass
Pope Francis arrives in procession at St. Peter's Square during the Palm Sunday Mass. Photo: Franco Origlia / Getty Images

Following a day of student-led worldwide protests against gun violence, Pope Francis encouraged young people during his Palm Sunday homily to continue raising their voices, saying they must "shout" even if "older people and leaders...keep quiet":

"“There are many ways to silence young people and make them invisible ... There are many ways to sedate them, to keep them from getting involved, to make their dreams flat and dreary, petty and plaintive ... Dear young people, you have it in you to shout ... 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?”
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