"To be serious, I want a message for young people," he said, "Junior high school students, high school students, college students – young people have passion and ideas for Catholicism. Young people have some feelings for the environment and [for] other people."
Yuki Iizaka, 26, is less optimistic about the effect Pope Francis' appearance in Japanese media will make on the population.
"Most non-Catholic people have a stereotype. 'It's not for us, I don't care about such things.' The news of the pope – they don't care."
Minori's hopes for the pope's speech are far more specific than her peers.
"There's so many people who commit suicide in Japan," she said. "I expect him to say he feels their hurt and he feels their pain."
"He doesn't have to say 'There's always God with you,' because many [Japanese youth] don't believe in God," she continued. Minori wants the pope to meet young Japanese as they are, and speak personally to them.
"He went through so many difficult situations. He knows it hurts to lose a close friend."
Towards the end of the interview session, Naoyo chimed in a final wish for the speech.
"With the pope coming, the time he's visiting isn't the only important part. The time after he leaves is important too. This can be a chance to gather people who cannot go to their church – a good chance to return them."
"We see [the pope] like close family. He's like a grandfather for us," said Minori.
The pope will speak on Nov. 24 in Nagasaki, the traditional home of Japanese Christianity.
On Nov. 25 Pope Francis will end his tour at Tokyo Dome, where he will offer Mass, and give a speech to Christians from across the country.
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