Three youths who had the honour of meeting Pope Francis during a youth conference within the Bishops’ Synod all agree that the Pontiff’s natural smile will stay in their heart.
Franziska Grech said that Pope Francis appeared genuinely happy to be among all those young people from around the world who were enthusiastic of their Catholic faith.
Jennifer Cauchi, Evan Demicoli and Franziska Grech are involved in a number of Catholic organisations in Malta. They met when they congregated in Rome to attend the Bishops’ Synod. 300 young persons from 100 nations had the opportunity to meet the Head of the Catholic Church after his post-synodal apostolic exhortation Christus vivit, Christ is alive.
Whilst being interviewed by Newsbook.com.mt Evan Demicoli explained that Pope Francis is particularly admired because he is close to his congregation, and is very human.
Jennifer Cauchi said that going to the Synod and meeting the Pope was a powerful experience as, notwithstanding all the different cultures and languages, there was a sense of universal unity thanks to the common faith that brought everyone together in the same place.
The three youngsters also agreed that they felt that the Synod offered them an understanding environment. Jennifer added that the Church cannot stay stuck in the past but needs to be energised with young people’s passion to transmit the message of the love that Christ has, which is not always easy to transmit in the liberal world of today that is riddled with war, persecution, abuse and materialism that isolates the individual.