Rome, Italy, Apr 23, 2016 / 16:07 pm
Pope Francis has challenged young people to commit to practicing the corporal works of mercy in order to recognize the face of Jesus in each other.
"As you know, the works of mercy are simple gestures, which belong to the life of every day, allowing you to recognize the face of Jesus in many persons. Even young people!" the Pope said in a video message to a youth rally at Rome's Olympic Stadium.
"Even young people like you, who hunger, who thirst; who are refugees, or foreigners, or sick, and seeking our help, our friendship."
Saturday's rally was part of a three-day Jubilee of Mercy event geared toward young people. The event kicked off Saturday with a pilgrimage to the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica. Then priests – and even the Pope – heard confessions in St. Peter's Square.