On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis tells young people: "It is up to you not to keep quiet"
After March For Our Lives led millions of peaceful demonstrators to take to the streets around the world, we love being reminded that this is only the beginning. It’s so important to encourage and support young people to continue to stand up for what they believe in, and — as Holy Week services began today in advance of Easter — it looks like Pope Francis is totally here for it too.
At Palm Sunday mass in Vatican City, the pope urged young people to speak up despite possible resistance. And we couldn’t agree more.
However, the pope reminded the crowd that we *need* to speak out in order to build a better world.
Pope Francis’ powerful message falls the day after countless young people marched against gun violence. The pontiff didn’t specifically refer to the protests, however.
Like Pope Francis, we stand by all the young people who are shouting, “Enough is enough.” The lack of action on gun control is completely unacceptable, and it needs to end. Thankfully, if you’re looking for more ways to get involved in the fight to stop gun violence, it’s easy to get started. (And yes, you can even do it from your couch.) As a first step, text the word “FIGHT” to 50409 to register to vote and contact your representatives.
Together, our voices are that much more powerful. Together, we shout.