During his recent visit to Poland, Pope Francis gave a speech to young people in order to invite them to leave the video game and get away from the screens to take a more active role in society.
“Dear young people, we didn’t come into this work to ‘vegetate’, to take it easy, to make our lives a comfortable sofa to fall asleep on. No, we came for another reason: to leave a mark,” Francisco said in front of a crowd that gathered in Brzegi, a village on the outskirts of Krakow.
The pope described consumerism and computers as a kind of modern escapism that separates people, and summoned his followers to become “politicians, thinkers, social activists” to help build a global economy, “inspired by solidarity”.
“”The times we live in do not call for young ‘couch potatoes’, but for young people with shoes, or better, boots laced” he said. “You want others to decide your future?” He asked, but did not get the rousing “No!” he was going for, Francisco reversed the question: “You want to fight for your future,” he said. “Yes!” shouted the audience.
Before the vigil, Pope Francisco has had other meetings and events. In the morning in a homily dedicated to religious men and women in the sanctuary of St. John Paul II in Krakow he has urged the churches to open their doors and be “open tender” with the weakest.