"You are heirs to a precious history of evangelization that has been handed down to you as a sacred treasure. This beautiful cathedral is a witness to your ancestors' faith in Jesus Christ," the pope told Thai youth.
"In order that the fire of the Holy Spirit will keep burning, so that you can keep your eyes bright and your hearts aflame, you need to be deeply rooted in the faith of your ancestors: your parents, grandparents, and teachers," he said.
The Mass concluded Pope Francis' three-day apostolic journey to Thailand. The pope will depart Bangkok for Japan Nov. 23. There he will visit Tokyo, Nagasaki, and Hiroshima.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PopeFrancis?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PopeFrancis</a> has left the cathedral in Bangkok, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Thailand?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Thailand</a> to return to the nunciature to rest before we fly tomorrow to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Japan?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Japan</a>! <a href="https://t.co/Ks7OSzKR4l">pic.twitter.com/Ks7OSzKR4l</a></p>— Hannah Brockhaus (@HannahBrockhaus) <a href="https://twitter.com/HannahBrockhaus/status/1197842772599832577?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 22, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
"Dear young people, you are a new generation, with new hopes, dreams and questions, and surely some doubts as well, yet firmly rooted in Christ," Francis said.
"It pains me to see young people sometimes being encouraged to build a future without roots, as if the world were just starting now. For it is impossible for us to grow unless we have strong roots to support us and to keep us firmly grounded," he said.