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Pope in Mexico: to young people, “It is a lie to believe that the only way to be young is to entrust oneself to drug dealers”

“It is a lie to believe that the only way to live or to be young is to entrust oneself to drug dealers or others who do nothing but sow destruction and death”. In his address to the young people gathered at the “José María Morelos y Pavón” stadium, Pope Francis spoke once again of the scourge of drug trafficking, which has been a recurrent theme on his Mexican trip. “It is a lie that the only way to live as young people here is in poverty and exclusion; in the exclusion of opportunities, in the exclusion of spaces, in the exclusion of training and education, in the exclusion of hope”, Pope Francis said. “It is Jesus Christ who refutes all attempts to render you useless or to be mere mercenaries of other people’s ambitions”. “You are the wealth of Mexico, you are the wealth of the Church”, the Pope repeated. “I understand that often it is difficult to feel your value when you are continually exposed to the loss of friends or relatives at the hands of the drug trade, of drugs themselves, of criminal organizations that sow terror”, Pope Francis conceded. “It is hard to feel the wealth of a nation when there are no opportunities for dignified work, no possibilities for study or advancement, when you feel your rights are being trampled on, which then leads you to extreme situations. It is difficult to appreciate the value of a place when, because of your youth, you are used for selfish purposes, seduced by promises that end up being untrue”. “Nonetheless, despite all this, I will never tire of saying: You are the wealth of Mexico!”, Pope Francis said, adding that: it is thanks to Jesus that “we can begin again and again”.

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