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Pope: Romanians, young and old, must hold on to their roots

Pope Francis ended his second day in Romania with a festive meeting with young people and families that encapsulated his message of fostering dialogue between younger and older generations.

After arriving by helicopter in the northeastern city of Iasi on 1st June, the pope met with thousands of young men and women, along with parents and grandparents whom he called upon to pass along the wealth and knowledge that can only come from their long-held traditions and faith.

“You look to the future and you open the door to it for your children, your grandchildren and your people by offering them the best lesson that you learned from your own journey: Never forget where you come from. Wherever you go and whatever you do, don’t forget your roots,” he said.

Before attending the outdoor meeting, the pope visited Our Lady Queen of Iasi Cathedral, where hundreds of Catholics, including the elderly, sick and disabled, awaited his arrival.

Picture: Pope Francis arrives for a Marian gathering with young people and families in the square outside the government Palace of Culture in Iasi, Romania, on 1st June 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).