Vatican City, Oct 6, 2018 / 13:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).
At the end of the first week of the youth synod Saturday, Pope Francis and over 250 bishops spent the evening listening to testimonies from young people at an event inside the Vatican.
Speaking off-the-cuff at the end of the gathering Oct. 6, the pope told young people the way to “find themselves” is not by looking in the mirror, but by doing, by “going in search of goodness, of truth, of beauty.”
Referencing one testimony, he said a word which struck him was “consistency” and criticized a lack of it in the Church, saying he understand when young people are scandalized by “a Church that reads you the Beatitudes and then falls into the most princely and scandalous clericalism.”
“If you are a Christian, take the Beatitudes and put them into practice,” he said.
Pope Francis spoke to young people and others in a full Pope Paul VI hall, together with the Synod Fathers, for an event called “NOI PER – Unici, solidali, creativi,” organized by the Congregation for Catholic Education.