Thousands of Students Gathered for Holy Week Audience with Pope Francis
April 22, 2014, at 10:10 AM
By Kelly Salomon |
More than 4,000 students spent Holy Week in Rome and attended Pope Francis’ General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, according to Rome Reports.
Pope Francis welcomed the students, who were in Rome for a conference, and told them to take Holy Week seriously. According to Rome Reports:
“We come to take part in the UNIV Forum,” [said a Spanish student who attended the audience with Pope Francis]. “It's an international conference for university students where we present some of our work, like video productions and share experiences. There are also debates...Really, a bit of everything. This year's theme is ‘The Ecology of People and their Environment.’”
This conference first started back in 1968. Now students from more than 200 universities attend every year. They come to the Eternal City to discover its history, culture and spirituality.
“I greeted him, and I asked him to pray for me and my family,” [said a Spanish student who had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis]. “He asked me to do the same... For a moment I didn't know what to say, but it was definitely very exciting!”
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