Our children deserve a better world

Children from Australia will this weekend join thousands of other youngsters from around the globe for the first World Children’s Day in Rome. One of the questions to be discussed, according to the pope, is ‘What kind of world do we wish to pass on to the children who are growing up?’

On the World Children’s Day website, Pope Francis said, “All of you, girls and boys, are a source of joy for your parents and your families, but also for our human family and for the Church, in which each of us is like a link in a great chain stretching from the past to the future and covering the whole earth.


“That is why I encourage you to pay attention to the stories of grown-ups: your mums and dads, your grandparents and great grandparents. And not to forget all those other children and young people who are already battling illness and hardship, in hospital or at home, and those who even now are being cruelly robbed of their childhood.


“I think of children who are victims of war and violence, those experiencing hunger and thirst, those living on the streets, those forced to be soldiers or to flee as refugees, separated from their parents, those prevented from going to school, and those who fall prey to criminal gangs, drugs or other forms of slavery and abuse. Let us listen to their voices,” the pontiff added.



Pope Francis also asked children to pray the ‘Our Father’ every day. “If we really want to be happy, we need to pray, to pray a lot, to pray every day, because prayer connects us directly to God. Prayer fills our hearts with light and warmth; it helps us to do everything with confidence and peace of mind. Jesus constantly prayed to the Father.


“I would ask all of you to pray the same prayer that Jesus taught us – the Our Father. Recite it every morning and every evening, in your families too, together with your parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents. But not just by saying the words! Think about those words that Jesus taught us,” Pope Francis said.


“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” Mark 9:37


With World Children’s Day, Pope Francis is continuing his mission of inclusivity and care for all ages having established the annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly (2021) and the World Day of the Poor (2017).


The Vatican believes World Children’s Day promises to be a momentous occasion, fostering global awareness and care for the youngest members of our communities!


Come, Holy Spirit,
show us your beauty,
reflected in the faces
of children all over the world.
Come, Jesus,
you who make all things new,
who are the way that leads us to the Father, come and remain with us always.


Further details at: https://www.worldchildrenday.org/press/


Images: Courtesy World Children’s Day website.


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