I would like to say forcefully: always know in your heart that God is by your side; he never abandoned you! Let us never lose hope! Let us never allow it to die in our hearts! The “Dragon,” evil, is present in our history, but it does not have the upper hand. The one with the upper hand is God, and God is our hope! It is true that nowadays, to some extent, everyone, including our young people, feels attracted by the many idols that take the place of God and appear to offer hope: money, success, power, pleasure. Often a growing sense of loneliness and emptiness in the hearts of many people leads them to seek satisfaction in these ephemeral idols. Let us be lights of hope! Let us maintain a positive outlook on reality. Let us encourage the generosity that is typical of the young and help them to work actively in building a better world. Young people are a powerful engine for the church and for society. Above all, they need to have held up to them those nonmaterial values that are the spiritual heart of the people, the memory of a people. Those values: spirituality, generosity, solidarity, perseverance, fraternity, joy; they are values whose deepest root is in the Christian faith.
– Pope Francis