Vatican City, Feb 22, 2018 / 12:55 pm
Addressing youth around the globe, Pope Francis encouraged young people Thursday to face their fears with discernment and courage, looking to the Mother of God as their example.
"What are your fears? What worries you most deeply? An 'underlying' fear that many of you have is that of not being loved, well-liked or accepted for who you are," Pope Francis said in his Feb. 22 message, saying that many insecurities arise from a "sense of inadequacy."
"For us Christians in particular, fear must never have the last word but rather should be an occasion to make an act of faith in God…and in life!" the Pope continued.
Pope Francis' words come ahead of the 33rd diocesan-level World Youth Day, which will take place March 25. This localized event is a preparation for the international World Youth Day, which is set to occur in Panama in 2019.