“The formation of the young is an investment for the future,” Pope Francis said in an October 21 address to members of the St. John Paul II Foundation; “may the young never be robbed of their hope for a better tomorrow!”
The St. John Paul II Foundation was set up 35 years ago to help students complete their education, especially in the countries of Eastern Europe. In his remarks the Pope recalled his own visit to Poland, and called attention to the country’s two “apostles of Divine Mercy”—Sts. Faustina Kowalska and John Paul II. Each saint, he said, emphasized the power of God’s mercy. “This love makes itself particularly noticed in contact with suffering, injustice, and poverty,” he said. The Pope encouraged the members of the Foundation to imitate the “two luminous witnesses” with their own generosity.