Pope Francis asks indigenous youth to take control of their roots and get involved in the development of their peoples

By Elida Moreno

Pope Francis called indigenous youth of the world rediscover their origins and take center stage in the development of indigenous peoples to face the challenges of the future, through a pre-recorded message sent to young people who gather in Panama 17 al 21 from January, prior to World Youth Day (JMJ).

The Pope told the young people "... that their action, awareness of belonging to their villages, is a reaction against this culture of waste, against this culture of forgetting roots, projected toward an increasingly liquid future, Gaseous and baseless ".

Pope advised them to "charge of your cultures" are made without stopping, "... because of the roots is the force that will make them grow, flower and fruit ... ".

The meeting takes place in the so-called "Days in the Diocese", a missionary week that aims to give young people the opportunity to participate in various activities, some kind of spiritual, but also works of solidarity with local communities, including missionaries and cultural events.

Pope was pleased by the unprecedented global meeting, since it is the first time a meeting prior to the JMJ dedicated to the youth of indigenous peoples is organized.

"Dear young, I invite you to ensure that this meeting, which brings together hundreds of young people from different indigenous peoples, serve to reflect and celebrate their faith in Jesus Christ, from the ancient richness of their original cultures ", said the Catholic leader.

Pope Francis will visit Panama from 23 al 27 from January, within the framework of WYD will bring together thousands of young people about 150 countries.