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Dignity, hope, courage

· The words of Pope Francis during his visit to Cagliari ·

He asks the youth to go forward with Jesus in order to build a better world

The Pope's visit to Cagliari was packed into just a little over 10 hours. He was welcomed with enthusiasm and warmth on Sunday, 22 September, by 400,000 people who came from all over Sardinia. The day began with a meeting with those from the working world. In an environment marked by dramatic unemployment, especially among the youth, the Pontiff recalled that “where there isn't work there isn't dignity” resulting in “an economic system that has  an idol at its centre”: money. The Pope reiterated the theme of the lack of work at the Mass he celebrated in front of the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria and at the beginning of the homily he spoke of “the right to bring bread home” and said that the Virgin teaches us to have a welcoming gaze when we encounter the sick, abandoned, poor, those far-away and youth in difficulty. In the cathedral, at the beginning of the afternoon, the Pope met with those assisted by the Church and warned of the risk that, in a society dominated by a culture of waste, the word “solidarity” could be “erased from the dictionary” because “it bothers us”. Then in a later meeting with the world of culture, he spoke of the crisis — calling it a “change of the times” — as both a danger and an opportunity. Finally Pope Francis asked the young people not to listen to  those who “deal death” and to not be discouraged when facing failure and difficulty. They must trust Jesus and open themselves to God and others with fraternity, friendship and solidarity.

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