Today, Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday in the Vatican, which is also the annual occasion of Work Youth Day. His homily made mention of it:
Today in this Square, there are many young people: for twenty-eight years Palm Sunday has been World Youth Day!
Dear young people, I saw you in the procession as you were coming in; I think of you celebrating around Jesus, waving your olive branches. I think of you crying out his name and expressing your joy at being with him! You have an important part in the celebration of faith! You bring us the joy of faith and you tell us that we must live the faith with a young heart, always: a young heart, even at the age of seventy or eighty.
Dear young people! With Christ, the heart never grows old! Yet all of us, all of you know very well that the King whom we follow and who accompanies us is very special: he is a King who loves even to the Cross and who teaches us to serve and to love. And you are not ashamed of his Cross! On the contrary, you embrace it, because you have understood that it is in giving ourselves, in giving ourselves, in emerging from ourselves that we have true joy and that, with his love, God conquered evil.
You carry the pilgrim Cross through all the Continents, along the highways of the world! You carry it in response to Jesus’ call: "Go, make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28:19), which is the theme of World Youth Day this year. You carry it so as to tell everyone that on the Cross Jesus knocked down the wall of enmity that divides people and nations, and he brought reconciliation and peace.
Dear friends, I too am setting out on a journey with you, starting today, in the footsteps of Blessed John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
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Meanwhile, yesterday, the Archdiocese of Baltimore held their 20th annual Youth and Young Adult Pilgrimage walking through the streets of Baltimore. Find the Catholic Review’s full coverage and accompanying slide-show.
At day’s end, in our Palm Sunday reminded the over 950 pilgrims that All day long we have been walking by faith and in life our pilgrimage has led us to this Cathedral of Mary Our Queen where we have listened to the story of the Lord’s suffering and death. We help Jesus carry his cross when… we pick up our crosses every day and carry them, those things in our lives we would like to change most but can’t, those things that make us unhappy, accepting that cross and bearing it willingly is how we help Christ carry his cross.